Extracting factors

Extract the underlying factors (latent variables) among a large number of interrelated variables in a multidimensional dataset.

  1. Select a cell in the dataset.
  2. On the Analyse-it ribbon tab, in the Statistical Analyses group, click Multivariate, and then click Common Factors.
    The analysis task pane opens.
  3. In the Variables list, select the variables.
  4. In the Factors to extract edit box, type the number of underlying factors to attempt to extract.
  5. Optional: To highlight the coefficients depending on their sign and magnitude, select the Color maps check box.
  6. Optional: To rotate the extracted factors to allow easier interpretation, in the Rotation drop-down list, select the type of rotation, and then in the Method drop-down list, select the rotation and type any additional required parameters.
  7. Click Calculate.
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