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Re: st: RE: Factor Analysis and correlation table

From   "Timura, Catherine A" <catherine.a.timura@Vanderbilt.Edu>
Subject   Re: st: RE: Factor Analysis and correlation table
Date   Mon, 28 Apr 2008 11:35:18 -0500 (CDT)

Sorr, it was my first post and I needed to clarify things.
I did the principal components analysis over my agreement table in both
STATA and Systat.  While the eigenvalues are identical, the factor
loadings are different.  It seems that Stata is doing an additional
correlation over the correlation table, significantly dropping the factor
loadings.  My question is whether I can change the way that Stata
generates the factor loadings to prevent this from happening, or if other
people have noticed this problem.
> The principal diagonal of a correlation matrix in my experience contains
> 1s, as it includes the correlations between each variable and itself.
> For principal component analysis, that would seem the obvious choice
> too.
> If there is a reason for something else, perhaps as a consequence of
> using some flavour of factor analysis (as your title, but not your
> content, implies) then I think you will have to specify what you want in
> the principal diagonal.
> In short, either the diagonal contains 1s, or there is a reason for your
> diagonal to contain something else, and you will have to specify what
> that is.
> Timura, Catherine A PhD
> I am using stata 10 for mac. I want to do a principal component analysis
> over a correlation table (and not have the program do an additional
> correlation over the data).  While the option exists in the menu, it
> does
> not allow the diagonal to be blank.  Please advise on how to allow for
> the
> diagonal to remain blank, to avoid having it part of the analysis.
> We are doing cultural consensus analysis over hand-drawn agreement
> tables,
> as correlations underestimate agreement between individuals.
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Catherine Timura, PhD
Research Associate
Department of Anthropology
Vanderbilt University
Email: catherine.a.timura@Vanderbilt.Edu

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