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Exploratory Factor Analysis

Leandre R. Fabrigar and Duane T. Wegener


Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) has played a major role in research conducted in the social sciences for more than 100 years, dating back to the pioneering work of Charles Spearman on mental abilities. Since that time, EFA has become one of the most commonly used quantitative methods in many of the social sciences, including psychology, business, sociology, education, political science, and communications. To a lesser extent, it has also been utilized within the physical and biological sciences. Despite its long and widespread usage in many domains, numerous aspects of the underlying theory ... More

Keywords: quantitative method, exploratory factor analysis, confirmatory factor analysis, principal component analysis, common factor analysis, rotating factor solutions, statistical packages

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199734177
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199734177.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Leandre R. Fabrigar, author

Duane T. Wegener, author