Geometrical perspective on rotation and data structure diagnosis in factor analysis
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Geometry has always contributed to a great extent and played a significant role in the development of many of the principles of the factor models. While factor-analytic principles and procedures have been generally developed by the heavy emphasis on matrix algebra, there is still a grave importance and need towards a geometrical approach and its application in the factor analysis. In this article the author provides, on selected issues, a description in reference to factor models from a geometric viewpoint with a discussion running through its advantages and disadvantages. Finally, at the end of the paper, conclusions in reference to good conditions of factors rotation are given. This article explains to what extent a geometrical approach brings specific value and offers an extra insight into factor analysis. As proved, geometry still provides an alternative framework which may be helpful for better understanding and data structure diagnosis.
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