# Principal component analysis (PCA)

Principal component analysis (PCA) reduces the dimensionality of a dataset with a large number of interrelated variables while retaining as much of the variation in the dataset as possible.

PCA is a mathematical technique that reduces dimensionality by creating a new set of variables called principal components. The first principal component is a linear combination of the original variables and explains as much variation as possible in the original data. Each subsequent component explains as much of the remaining variation as possible under the condition that it is uncorrelated with the previous components.

The first few principal components provide a simpler picture of the data than trying to understand all the original variables. Sometimes, it is desirable to try and name and interpret the principal components, a process call *reification*, although this should not be confused with the purpose of factor analysis.

**Principal components**

Principal components are the linear combinations of the original variables.**Scree plot**

A scree plot visualizes the dimensionality of the data.**Biplot**

A biplot simultaneously plots information on the observations and the variables in a multidimensional dataset.**Monoplot**

A monoplot plots information on the observations or the variables in a multidimensional dataset.

**Available in Analyse-it Editions**

Standard edition

Method Validation edition

Quality Control & Improvement edition

Ultimate edition

- What is Analyse-it?
- Administrator's Guide
- User's Guide
- Statistical Reference Guide
- Distribution
- Compare groups
- Compare pairs
- Contingency tables
- Correlation and association
- Principal component analysis (PCA)
- Principal components
- Scree plot
- Calculating principal components
- Biplot
- Monoplot
- Creating a biplot
- Creating a correlation monoplot
- Factor analysis (FA)
- Item reliability
- Fit model
- Method comparison
- Measurement systems analysis (MSA)
- Reference interval
- Diagnostic performance
- Control charts
- Process capability
- Pareto analysis
- Study Designs
- Bibliography

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Published 15-Apr-2019