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Date:         Wed, 15 Nov 2006 06:20:41 -0500
Reply-To:     Statisticsdoc <>
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From:         Statisticsdoc <>
Subject:      Re: PCA factor score uses?
Comments: To: "Fredric E. Rose" <>
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Yes, the scores can be used as dependent variables.

Factor scores are standardized with Mean = 0 and SD = 1 , so your groups are quite different from one another.


Stephen Brand

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-----Original Message----- From: SPSSX(r) Discussion [mailto:SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU]On Behalf Of Fredric E. Rose Sent: Tuesday, November 14, 2006 10:18 PM To: SPSSX-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU Subject: PCA factor score uses?

I'm not entirely familiar with PCA and could use some help.

I've used PCA w/varimax rotation to reduce 10 variables (answers to a racism attitudes questionnaire) down to 2 factors. I want to know if the calculated factor scores for each participant can then be used as a dependent variable in subsequent analyses, or whether I should simply combine the variables loading on the respective factors and use those? My problem is in interpreting the factor scores: Group 1 has a mean of -2.72 and Group 2 has a mean of 2.68. These are significantly different, but I'm not sure what the means represent (the raw data are scores ranging from 1 to 10, so there are no negatives).

Thanks for any insight.

Fred Rose

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