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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 of factor analysis
1930-35 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for factor-analysis

factor analysis

(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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Contemporary definitions for factor-analysis

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's 21st Century Lexicon
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