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Date:         Wed, 23 Oct 2002 17:40:48 -0500
Reply-To:     R Cole <recole73@insightbb.com>
Sender:       "SPSSX(r) Discussion" <SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
From:         R Cole <recole73@insightbb.com>
Subject:      Factor analysis used in Correlation Matrix
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I have conducted a factor analysis and derived 6 factors from 25 original variables using SPSS version 11.0. Each factor is comprised of 2-4 variables.

I now want to use the new factors in a correlation matrix with 3 other factors. Would the appropriate methodology be to use the "Factor Scores: Save as variables" option in the factor analysis to create the new variables for use in the further analysis?

Or,

Would it be better to compute new variables using the mean values of only the original variables that had sufficient factor loadings to comprise the factors as the values, for the new variables to be used in the correlation?

Thanks, Richard


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