Behavior Genetics

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 65–69

The Cholesky approach: A cautionary note

  • John C. Loehlin

DOI: 10.1007/BF02361160

Cite this article as:
Loehlin, J.C. Behav Genet (1996) 26: 65. doi:10.1007/BF02361160


Attention is called to a common misinterpretation of a bivariate Cholesky analysis as if it were a common and specific factor analysis. It is suggested that an initial Cholesky behavior genetic analysis should often be transformed into a different form for interpretation. Formulas are provided for four transformations in the bivariate case.

Key Words

Choleskytriangular decompositionsimplexmultivariate behavior-genetic analysis

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • John C. Loehlin
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of TexasAustin