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Department
Psychology
Course
PSYCH 2B03
Professor
Judith Shedden
Semester
Fall

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November 7 , 2012 Psych 2B03: Theories of Personality Factor Analytic Trait Theories (1) What is Factor Analysis - mathematical way of describing traits - matrix of correlation: show intercorrelation between the responses of each of these questions - what is the reason for high correlation: really asking about the same thing, some factor shaping these answer in common - remove .00 correlations The First Factor - mathematical model of how you would explain the high correlation between the items - correlation factors are called factor loadings, how strongly is this measure affect hypothetically by the underlying factor - second factor - non-orthogonal factors: items that are affected by F1 are also present in F2 - orthogonal factors: not related to each other - factor analysis doesn’t tell
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