This paper is from Session 4F: Sensible use of multivariate software
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which comes under Topic 4: Statistics education at the post secondary (tertiary) level

(Wednesday 14th, 11:00-13:00)

Exploratory factor analysis in Mplus, R and SPSS




In teaching, factor analysis and principal component analysis are often used together, although they are quite different methods. We first summarise the similarities and differences between both approaches. From submitted theses it appears that student have difficulties seeing the differences. Although books and online resources mention some of the differences they are incomplete. A view either oriented on the similarities or the differences is reflected in software implementations. We therefore look at the implementations of factor analysis in Mplus, R and SPSS and finish with some conclusions for the teaching of Multivariate Statistics.