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1 1 Neuendorf Factor Analysis Assumptions: 1. Metric (interval/ratio) data 2. Linearity (in the relationships among the variables--factors are linear constructions of the set of variables; the critical source of info for the factor analysis is typically the correlation matrix among all variables) 3. Univariate and multivariate normal distributions 4. There are no dependent variables specified... Instead, the model is: VAR 1 VAR 2 F 1 VAR 3 VAR 4 F 2 VAR 5 Or, in terms of basic measurement theory, we could model it as: U 1 VAR 1 F 1 U 2 VAR 2 U 3 VAR 3 U 4 VAR 4 F 2 U 5 VAR 5 Meaning that each variable is composed of the common variance it shares with other variables (F1 and F2) and its own unique variance that is not shared (e.g., U1). The proportion of a variable s variance that is common is called its communality. (This is the same as 1 U).

2 2 Decisions to make: 1. Intent: Exploratory vs. Confirmatory 2. Factor extraction (how factors represent variables): Principal Component Factoring (the most typical): -factors derived on the basis of total variance for each variable (both the variance accounted for by F s and U s (unique variances) above. -uses the "regular" correlation matrix. -more widely used than common factoring. Common Factoring: -factors derived on basis on common variance only (variance accounted for by F s, but not the U s above). -uses a correlation matrix with estimated communalities, not 1.0s, in diagonals. There are several options for common factor extraction--principal axis factoring (most typical), unweighted least squares, generalized least squares, maximum-likelihood, alpha, and image (see an SPSS manual or SPSS help for more info.). 3. Rotation: Rotating the factors leads to greater interpretability of factors; since there is no true DV or criterion, there is no reason not to rotate in factor analysis. Rotation will maximize simple structure where each item hopefully has a high loading on one factor and low loadings on all others. There are two rotation options: Orthogonal Factors -factors will be completely uncorrelated (orthogonal=at right angles to each other). -SPSS provides 3 types--varimax (by far the most typical), quartimax, and equamax (your book calls this equimax). See Hair p. 115 for comparisons. Oblique Factors -factors are allowed to correlate (but don't have to) -SPSS provides two types--direct oblimin (most typical) and promax. 4. How many factors? A. Theory (a priori). B. Latent root criterion--eigenvalues of 1+ (a factor must account for at least the amount of variance associated with one hypothetical variable). C. Scree test--plots eigenvalues sequentially. Look for a "natural break" between the mountain and the scree.

3 3 Statistics: 1. Remember that the interitem correlation matrix is the basis, the "raw material," for the typical factor analysis. Two statistics help assess whether the items are indeed correlated enough to proceed with factor analysis. Be reminded of Hair et al. s and others caution that large samples and a large number of items will contribute to strong and significant statistics here: A. Bartlett's test of sphericity--indicates whether the correlation matrix is significantly different from an identity matrix (a matrix with all 1's on the diagonal, 0's everywhere else). Bartlett s calculation is based on a chi-square transformation of the determinant of the correlation matrix. Statistical significance is good here (note that this is the only statistical significance test in the Factor Analysis output!). It tells us that this set of measures is intercorrelated enough so as to be appropriate for factor analysis. B. KMO (Kaiser-Meyer-Olkin) measure of sampling adequacy (MSA)--assesses whether your sample of items (not people) is adequate by comparing r's with pr's. We look for large values for the KMO (approaching 1.0). Note that Hair et al. call the statistic MSA while SPSS calls it KMO. Although there is no significance test, Hair (p. 104) lists some pretty fun rules of thumb for the stat (i.e.,.80 or above is meritorious ;.70 or above is middling ;.60 or above is mediocre ;.50 or above is miserable ; below.50 is unacceptable ). 2. Coefficients predicting variables from factors--found in the rotated component matrix in SPSS for orthogonal rotation, and in the pattern matrix for oblique rotation. The β s as below: VAR1 = β 1 F1 + β 2 F2 + β 3 F3 VAR2 = β 4 F1 + β 5 F2 + β 6 F3 VAR3 = β 7 F1 + β 8 F2 + β 9 F3 etc. 3. Factor loadings, i.e., correlations between the variables and the factors--in orthogonal rotation, these are the same as the coefficients predicting variables from factors, in oblique they are not, and are contained in the structure matrix. In order for an item to have loaded on a factor, Hair says a.30 coefficient is minimal (others use a.50 cutoff). Hair (p. 117) provides a chart for assessing the statistical significance of each loading, something that is not provided by SPSS. 4. Communality (h 2 ) the total amount of variance a variable shares with all factors (and, therefore, the amount it shares with all other variables in the factor analysis). In an orthogonal rotation, the communality is the sum of all squared loadings for one variable. Rules of thumb are actually few, but Costello and Osborne (2005) do indicate a.40 as a minimum.

4 4 h 2 = how much (%) of the variable's variance is explained by all the factors; 1-h 2 = what is unique to the variable. e.g., β β β 3 from #2 above would be the communality of VAR1, assuming orthogonal rotation. Here, the communality is comparable to R 2 VAR1 F1F2F3. 5. Eigenvalue--the sum of all squared loadings for one factor. Eigen = the amount (not expressed as a %) of the variables' total variance that is accounted for by one factor. e.g., β β β 7 2, etc. from #2 above would be the eigenvalue for F1. 6. Proportion of total variance accounted for by F1 = eigenvalue for F1 k where k=# of variables 7. Proportion of common variance accounted for by F1 = eigenvalue for F1 SUM of eigenvalues 8. Factor score coefficients (betas predicting factors from variables β s as below; these are not the same as loadings or coefficients predicting variables from factors). The factor score coefficients are found in the component score coefficient matrix in SPSS. These values are used by SPSS to create "factor scores"--values on new scales created for each factor. These new scales must be saved in the FACTOR procedure if you want to use them for further analysis. There are three options--we typically use the regression method. SPSS will name the new scales automatically and place them at the end of the data set. F1 = β 1 VAR1z + β 2 VAR2z + β 3 VAR3z + β 4 VAR4z + etc. F2 = β 5 VAR1z + β 6 VAR2z + β 7 VAR3z + β 8 VAR4z + etc. F3 = β 9 VAR1z + β 10 VAR2z + β 11 VAR3z + β 12 VAR4z + etc. 9. Correlations among factors--for oblique rotation only! Found in the component correlation matrix, this indicates how much the various factors (and therefore their scales, if created) relate to one another in linear fashion. References Costello, A. B., & Osborne, J. W. (2005). Best practices in exploratory factor analysis: Four recommendations for getting the most from your analysis. Practical Assessment, Research & Evaluation, 10(7), 1-9. Accessed from: Kim, J.-O., & Mueller, C. W. (1978). Factor analysis: Statistical methods and practical issues. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications.

5 5 WORKSHEET--Making Sense of Factor Loadings For this exercise: -Assume all measures are 0-10 indicators of enjoyment of different TV/film genres. -Assume an orthogonal rotation. -Don't forget that loadings must be squared before adding to get communalities and eigenvalues. -Notice that the loadings are not ordered by size. Such an ordering makes it easier to interpret the matrix. SPSS will do this if you click Sorted by size under Factor Options. Label: Hypothetical Factor Loadings: Communalities Communalities at 3 at 10 FACTOR 1 FACTOR 2 FACTOR 3 Factors: Factors: Q1--News Q2--Westerns Q3--Action Q4--Weepies Q5--Game shows Q6--Soaps Q7--Talk shows Q8--Comedies Q9--Horror Q10--Cop shows ? 1.0 Eigenvalues: sum=? sum=10.0 % of Total Variance: %? %? %? %? % of Common Variance: %? %? %? 100% 2/16

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