Broader Experimental Designs and Uses: The Data Box and the New Techniques

  • Raymond B. Cattell


Our choice of direction at this point lies between exploring the rich and diverse roles of factor analysis in psychological, social, and biological experiment, on the one hand, and scrutinizing, on the other, purely psychometric problems and statistical requirements. Both research and applied science must certainly in the end study intelligent application of sophisticated formulations in the latter area. But it has seemed best to us to continue at this juncture the momentum of our expanding general view of factor analysis. Perspective must precede the detailed technical pursuit of ultimate accuracy, for we should not be doing justice to accuracy unless we viewed it also in the context of these wider approaches. And there may be some readers who desire the broad methodological overview without intending to progress to meticulous computing issues.


Difference Score Factor Score Stimulus Variable Factor Pattern Score Matrix 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond B. Cattell
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  1. 1.University of HawaiiUSA

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