Fixing the Number of Factors: The Most Practicable Psychometric Procedures

  • Raymond B. Cattell


The psychologist eager to get to the use of factor analysis may have fretted a little at the almost philosophical perspective of the discussion in the last chapter concerning what we mean by factors. But neglect of the firm basis necessary for the scientific model itself would have landed us here only in benighted squabbles among various trivial technical rules of thumb.


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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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