factor analysis

factor analysis

noun Statistics.
the use of one of several methods for reducing a set of variables to a lesser number of new variables, each of which is a function of one or more of the original variables.

Origin:
1930–35

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factor analysis
 
n
statistics any of several techniques for deriving from a number of given variables a smaller number of different, more useful, variables

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Main Entry:  factor analysis
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Definition:  a statistical method in which observed data expressed as values or measurements is transformed into linear combinations in an attempt to discover the most important factor
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