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Date:         Wed, 17 Sep 2003 10:33:04 +0100
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From:         John McConnell <>
Subject:      Re: SPSS chokes, SAS computes principal components
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Hi Sally,

I think Paul is probably spot on w.r.t. missing values.

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> -----Original Message----- > From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of > Paul Dickson > Sent: 17 September 2003 02:11 > To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU > Subject: Re: SPSS chokes, SAS computes principal components > > Hi Sally, > > On further thought, it is possible that this is occurring purely because > you are > using pairwise deletion in SPSS. The matrices in this case are being > computed > from a different set of cases each time. Try listwise deletion to start > with, though I > would never use this in my analyses and see if that makes any difference. > > By trying a different method of handling missing data you should see > whether > your choice of treatment of missing data is the cause > > Cheers again Paul > > > > Sally Zitzer <> wrote: > > > > I have a client who is trying to run factor analysis (principal > > components) in SPSS using pairwise deletion but gets the message > > "nonpositive definite matrix". When the same data is run in SAS > > proc princomp SAS proceeds to do the analysis with no problem. > > I just wondered if anyone on the list knows why SPSS comes to a > > complete halt? (my client is unhappy because she has only SPSS > > and can't get SAS, she is in a university in Turkey). > > > > Thanks, > > > > Sally in Seattle > > > > Sally Zitzer, C&C, Senior Computing Specialist, Statistical Software > > or (206)-543-8515

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