, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 245–253 | Cite as

A significance test for minimum rank in factor analysis

  • Paul G. Hoel


This paper presents a new method of determining the minimum rank in factor analysis, appropriate to the principal axes solution. The new method is compared with a former method which, with some adjustment, is more convenient for the centroid approach. Both methods are applied to two familiar examples.


Public Policy Significance Test Statistical Theory Minimum Rank Centroid Approach 


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© Psychometric Society 1939

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul G. Hoel
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  1. 1.University of California at Los AngelesUSA

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