factor analysis


noun Statistics.

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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British Dictionary definitions for factor analysis

factor analysis

noun

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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