factor analysis


Definition of factor analysis

: the analytical process of transforming statistical data (such as measurements) into linear combinations of usually independent variables

Other Words from factor analysis

factor analytic adjective

Examples of factor analysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Perhaps my brain uses factor analysis to distill thousands of attributes—height, fashion sense, tone of voice—into a single point in an abstract space. James Somers, The New Yorker, 29 Nov. 2021 The regulations replaced a complex factor analysis that determined whether an entity could be taxed as a partnership. Peter J Reilly, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 In an interview Thursday morning, Bernhardt said the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service used the five-factor analysis required by law to delist a species, and concluded the wolf is no longer endangered or threatened. Jennifer Bjorhus, Star Tribune, 29 Oct. 2020 Through factor analysis of those five sub-scores, computing a factor score on overall effectiveness for each firm, which, in turn, was also transformed into a T-Score. WSJ, 5 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of factor analysis

1928, in the meaning defined above

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“Factor analysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factor%20analysis. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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