## An Easy Guide to Factor AnalysisFactor analysis is a statistical technique widely used in psychology and the social sciences. With the advent of powerful computers, factor analysis and other multivariate methods are now available to many more people. An Easy Guide to Factor Analysis presents and explains factor analysis as clearly and simply as possible. The author, Paul Kline, carefully defines all statistical terms and demonstrates step-by-step how to work out a simple example of principal components analysis and rotation. He further explains other methods of factor analysis, including confirmatory and path analysis, and concludes with a discussion of the use of the technique with various examples. An Easy Guide to Factor Analysis is the clearest, most comprehensible introduction to factor analysis for students. All those who need to use statistics in psychology and the social sciences will find it invaluable. Paul Kline is Professor of Psychometrics at the University of Exeter. He has been using and teaching factor analysis for thirty years. His previous books include Intelligence: the psychometric view (Routledge 1990) and The Handbook of Psychological Testing (Routledge 1992). |

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User Review - bluetyson - LibraryThingAn Easy Guide to Factor Analysis by Paul Kline is perhaps not so easy. I am not sure Kline has a grasp on what that means. Perhaps easy to an expert already, but I have certainly read mathematics ... Read full review

### Contents

A general description of factor analysis | 1 |

Statistical terms and concepts | 14 |

Principal components analysis | 28 |

Other methods of factor analysis | 42 |

Rotation of factors | 56 |

Confirmatory factor analysis and path analysis | 80 |

examples from personality testing | 100 |

Factor analysis in test construction | 125 |

of a principal components solution | 131 |

Factor analysis in a wider context | 140 |

Interpreting confirmatory and path analyses | 157 |

the use and abuse of factor analysis in research | 173 |

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