# factor analysis

- the use of one of several methods for reducing a set of variables to a lesser number of new variables, each of which is a function of one or more of the original variables.

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## Origin of factor analysis

First recorded in 1930–35

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## factor analysis

- statistics any of several techniques for deriving from a number of given variables a smaller number of different, more useful, variables

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