Psychometrika

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 165–198 | Cite as

The effects of selection in factor analysis

  • L. L. Thurstone
Article

Abstract

Factorial results are affected by selection of subjects and by selection of tests. It is shown that the addition of one or more tests which are linear combinations of tests already in a battery causes the addition of one or more incidental factors. If the given test battery reveals a simple structure, the addition of tests which are linear combinations of the given tests leaves the structure unaffected unless the number of incidental factors is so large that the common factors become indeterminate.

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© Psychometric Society 1945

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. L. Thurstone
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  1. 1.The University of ChicagoUSA

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