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An Easy Guide to Factor Analysis 1st Edition

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'The book fulfils its purpose in that it does provide the reader with an easy guide to factor analysis. Terms and techniques are explained simply and clearly. There are good examples given about the application of factor analysis in a variety of contexts. ... Common mistakes and pitfalls are highlighted and advice is given about how to avoid them. For the beginner this book is ideal. Even for the more experienced researcher, the book may prove a valuable reference text.' - Personal Individual Difference

About the Author

Paul Kline is Professor of Psychometrics at the University of Exeter. He has been using and teaching factor analysis for thirty years. His previous books include Intelligence: the psychometric view (Routledge 1990) and The Handbook of Psychological Testing (Routledge 1992).
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (December 10, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415094909
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415094900
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has become increasingly evident that the social science fields need to evaluate theories and their underlying constructs empirically. If you are similar to myself as a graduate student, you needed to overcome your fears of using factor analysis in your research. This text is excellent for clarifying issues glossed-over in your basic statistics courses, without being too "techie" in its approach. This is a great startup book on factor analysis for fledgling researchers.
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Professor Kline's book offers a very readable account on a rather confusing subject. The theory is explained clearly, plenty of examples are presented, and specially, there is a good deal of interpretation exercise. If you're also interested in principal components analysis, don't miss I. T. Jolliffe's book.
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By average on September 2, 2007
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An Easy Guide to Factor Analysis by Paul Kline is perhaps not so easy. I am not sure Kline has a grasp on what that means. Perhaps easy to an expert already, but I have certainly read mathematics texts that cover complicated subjects and do a much better job of introducing them than this one.

So, you may want to look elsewhere for something that does a better job of that, examples, etc.
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This book offers a clear conceptual introduction to factor analysis, the kind you'll want to help you avoid gross blunders in deciding when and how to use the technique, and in understanding what it's telling you. It goes over a number of case studies (the author's own, but he explains that they're ones he's very familiar with), as well as discussions relating factor analysis to principal components, different measures of significance, factor rotation, cutoffs, and more.

There's a lot here that any practitioner will want to know before diving in. If anything, perhaps too much. It goes into a fair bit of detail in places, drawing fine distinctions between related but subtly different concepts. It might be bit much for someone to digest if their math background isn't up to full discussion of algorithms and techniques - like how to get around the non-orthogonality problems of Kline's favored "oblique rotations." Having worked to hard to get orthogonality (and its attendant advantages) in other areas, I came away unconvinced of the merits of factors that repeat components of others in the set.

Also, as a tool-maker more than tool-user, as one who really needs to get the hood open on any mathematical mechanism I take for a spin, lack of internal detail left me feeling that the book leads around the rim of factor analysis without leading into it head-on.

As a guide for someone who just wants caveats about what common analysis packages will do for (or to) the data, this looks strong - maybe a bit much. Four or five stars for that, depending on your persistence and meticulous reading. But, if you (like me) really want to see how it works, you want a different book. I certainly reserve the author's right to choose an audience.
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An Easy Guide" is exactly what it is. As a college statistics instructor and author of Practical and Clear Graduate Statistics in Excel, I can definitely say that authors like Paul Kline who can simplify complicated topics like Factor Analysis are a Godsend to anyone whowants to know about this topic. The title is really true. You don't need to be a PhD'ed statistician to read this book and have a solid understanding of Factor Analysis, even the math is not that deep. This is probably a real good book for marketers who want to have a deep understanding of Factor Analysis, but hate statistics. Professor Paul Kline explained Factor Analysis well enough that I am going to try to implement it in Excel (I'll probably drive myself crazy doing that).
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By marty on August 18, 2015
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An easy to read explanation of factor analysis. An excellent book for someone that is not a statistician.
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