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RE: st: Common Factor Analysis

From   Cameron McIntosh <>
Subject   RE: st: Common Factor Analysis
Date   Thu, 16 Aug 2012 23:38:38 -0400

Could you not use the bootstrapping facilities to get SEs and CIs for the loadings and factor correlations?
Zhang, G., Preacher, K.J., & Luo, S. (2010). Bootstrap Confidence Intervals for Ordinary Least Squares Factor Loadings and Correlations in Exploratory Factor Analysis. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 45(1), 104-134.


> Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2012 15:20:10 -0700
> Subject: Re: st: Common Factor Analysis
> From:
> To:
> Afif Naeem <> wrote:
> I am using Common Factor Analysis as part of my research, and it is
> being used in an exploratory manner rather than confirmatory manner. I
> know there is a way (and I dont know it yet) to report t-value for
> each of the factor loadings associated with the variables used in
> confirmatory Factor Analysis. I want to know if there is a way to get
> the t-value for factor loadings for the exploratory factor analysis
> (using command -factor-) as well?
> ----------------
> Dear Afif,
> Currently Stata does not compute standard errors for either the
> initial factor solution nor the rotated factor loadings. I know that
> SAS, Mplus and cefa provide standard errors. Standard errors needed
> if you want to test hypotheses about the loadings. However,
> confidence intervals on the loadings may be more useful than t-tests.
> -- 
> Phil Ender
> UCLA Statistical Consulting Group
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