Behavior Genetics

, Volume 26, Issue 1, pp 65-69

First online:

The Cholesky approach: A cautionary note

  • John C. LoehlinAffiliated withDepartment of Psychology, University of Texas

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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

Cholesky triangular decomposition simplex multivariate behavior-genetic analysis