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Like almost anything ChrisCook says, the description doesn't help me. I'll have to get my hands on the tools, learn how, then run a factor analysis and view its strengths and weaknesses. I've never gone anywhere near trying that before.

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by papicek (papi_cek_at_hotmail_dot_com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 08:00:54 AM EST
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I have suggested reading the appropriate chapter of The Mismeasuer of Man by Stephen Jay Gould. You might also want to try chapter 5 (and possibly also chapters 4, 10 and 11) of Introduction to Multivariate Analysis by Chris Chatfield. I presume you have access to a university library?

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 09:15:25 AM EST
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As to
get my hands on the tools, learn how, then run a factor analysis
just install R on your computer...

Most economists teach a theoretical framework that has been shown to be fundamentally useless. -- James K. Galbraith
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Mon Apr 20th, 2009 at 09:22:16 AM EST
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