An index of factorial simplicity. (English) Zbl 0295.92017

Summary: An index of factorial simplicity, employing the quartimax transformational criteria of Carroll, Wrigley and Neuhaus, and Saunders, is developed. This index is both for each row separately and for a factor pattern matrix as a whole. The index varies between zero and one. The problem of calibrating the index is discussed.


91E99 Mathematical psychology
62H25 Factor analysis and principal components; correspondence analysis
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