Concept Formation, Systems Analysis and Factor Analysis in Political Science
Increasingly, factor analysis is gaining the attention of students of politics. With increased attention has come increased sophistication regarding the uses and understanding of philosophical and methodological phases of factor analysis research. Discussions of philosophical and methodological issues may well addressed to two issues: First, what is the character of concept formation and measurement involved in factor analytic research. Second, can the technique contribute to quantitative systems analysis of political phenomena. The paper offers some comments on these two issues. (Author).
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CONCEPT FORMATION IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
POLITICAL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
FACTOR ANALYSIS AND POLITICAL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
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Abraham Kaplan analysis to concept Applied Factor Analysis appropriate linear model aspects of concept Assume attribute space Cartesian and Hilbertian cluster concept component factor model concept formation contribute to quantitative Cornell Aeronautical Laboratory data matrix data values data variables David Easton defined described descriptions discussion domestic conflict Ernest Nagel exact factor scores exemplifying vertical indication express F4to Factor Analytic Research factor functions factor loadings factor matrix factor score profiles Footnotes Cont formation and systems formation in political formulation functionally independent Hilbertian analysis hypothetical state variables indication of meaning interval scale Kaplan laws linearly independent mathematical analysis matrix of factor Morton Kaplan non-linear Orthogonally Rotated Factor political science political system behavior political systems analysis quantitative systems analysis relative Rudner Rudolph Rummel series analysis set of functions specification system state variables systems theory Systems Yearbook theoretical terms time-series analysis variable derivation variables of political variance weights y's and corresponding