The scientific nature of factors: A demonstration by cups of coffee
Article first published online: 17 JAN 2007
Copyright © 1962 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Volume 7, Issue 2, pages 184–193, April 1962
How to Cite
Cattell, R. B. and Sullivan, W. (1962), The scientific nature of factors: A demonstration by cups of coffee. Syst. Res., 7: 184–193. doi: 10.1002/bs.3830070204
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 17 JAN 2007
- Manuscript Received: 6 AUG 1961
Complete understanding of a mathematical model cannot be gained from logical analysis alone; the types of concepts which these models represent must be understood as well. The authors of this paper suggest that the nature of a model and its full implications may be made clear by applying it to a common concrete example whose properties are already fully understood. In the experiment described here, the factor analytic model is applied to that very common thing, a cup of coffee.