factor analysis


Definition of factor analysis

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

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factor analytic adjective

Examples of factor analysis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Gray wolf loses Endangered Species Act protections," 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, "Methodology for the Management Top 250 Company Rankings," 5 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of factor analysis

1928, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of factor analysis was in 1928

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“Factor analysis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/factor%20analysis. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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