The dimensionality of discrete factor analyses

The dimensionality of discrete factor analyses This article discusses a solution to Coombs’s project of a discrete, ordinal factor analysis for dichotomous data that is structurally homologous to Galois lattice analysis and to other related algebraic approaches. It compares this approach to the better known “biorder” approach to the same problem. In contrast to the biorder approach which is NP-hard, here the set of minimal solutions can be determined with a reasonably simple coloration algorithm. The dimensionality of the resulting solution may be larger than that retrieved by the closely related biorder approach, but the underlying space may be more parsimonious in that there are fewer possible regions. In a class of reasonably important cases, the two are equivalent. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Quality & Quantity Springer Journals

The dimensionality of discrete factor analyses

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Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2015 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Social Sciences; Methodology of the Social Sciences; Social Sciences, general
ISSN
0033-5177
eISSN
1573-7845
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11135-015-0271-4
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Abstract

This article discusses a solution to Coombs’s project of a discrete, ordinal factor analysis for dichotomous data that is structurally homologous to Galois lattice analysis and to other related algebraic approaches. It compares this approach to the better known “biorder” approach to the same problem. In contrast to the biorder approach which is NP-hard, here the set of minimal solutions can be determined with a reasonably simple coloration algorithm. The dimensionality of the resulting solution may be larger than that retrieved by the closely related biorder approach, but the underlying space may be more parsimonious in that there are fewer possible regions. In a class of reasonably important cases, the two are equivalent.

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Quality & QuantitySpringer Journals

Published: Oct 13, 2015

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