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# Factor Analysis (Optional Session)

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What is Factor Analysis
 Data Reduction Technique
 A factor is a weighted sum of the variables
 The goal is to summarize the information in a larger
number of correlated variables into a smaller number of
factors that are not correlated with each other.

##  In contrast to Regression, there is no dependent

variable. We just look at the correlations between
variables to summarize.

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Graphical Intuition: Factor Analysis works
when data are correlated

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Graphical Intuition: Factor Analysis will not work
when variables are uncorrelated

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When to do Factor Analysis in

 Applications
 Eliminating Multicollinearity problems in
Regression
 Measuring managerially useful constructs
satisfaction
 Usefulin constructing perceptual maps of
products that are useful in positioning studies

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Perceptual Map… Example
Perceptual Map for Cars

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Dodge Neon
VW Golf 1

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Camry Taurus
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Fashion

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Applying Factor Analysis: Evaluating
MBA Applications

##  Suppose school believes success of

future managers depends on
 Intelligence

##  Teamwork and Leadership skills

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Applying Factor Analysis:
Evaluating MBA Applications
 Variables available
 GPA
 GMAT score Which variables
 Scholarships, fellowships won
do you believe
 Evidence of Communications skills
 Prior Job Experience
correlate with
 Organizational Experience intelligence and
 Other extra curricular achievements teamwork and

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Data…

## Appli- GPA GMAT Scholar Commun Job Ex Org. Extracur

cant ship ication skills ricular
1 3.7 680 3.5 4.4 4 3 2
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Quick and dirty sense of the data: Looking at
the correlation matrix

## Attribute GPA GMAT Fellowship Comm Job Ex Org Ex Extra

Curr
GPA 1.00 0.97 0.96 0.43 0.05 -0.05 -0.12
GMAT 0.97 1.00 0.99 0.55 0.27 0.16 0.12
Fellowsh 0.96 0.99 1.00 0.47 0.19 0.07 0.05
Comm 0.43 0.55 0.47 1.00 0.82 0.79 0.69
Job Ex 0.05 0.27 0.19 0.82 1.00 0.99 0.98
Org Ex -0.05 0.16 0.07 0.79 0.99 1.00 0.97
Extra Cur -0.12 0.12 0.05 0.69 0.98 0.97 1.00

## Even if data is not as neatly correlated as

here… Factor analysis will be helpful

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First Step: Do Principal Component Analysis
(PCA) to select # of factors

##  PCA uses the correlation matrix of the data and

constructs factors
 Factors
 If there are n variables we will have n factors

##  First factor will explain most variance, second next, and

so on…
 Variance Explained by Factors
 With standardized variables each variable has a variance

## of 1, so the total variance in n variables is n

 Each factor will have an associated eigen-value which is

## the amount of variance explained by that factor

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SPSS Output of PCA: Eigen Analysis

## T otal Varian ce Explained

Com ponent T otal % of Variance Cum ulative % T otal % of Variance Cum ulative %
1 3.744 53.480 53.480 3.744 53.480 53.480
2 2.268 32.398 85.878 2.268 32.398 85.878
3 .425 6.069 91.948
4 .288 4.113 96.060
5 .140 1.994 98.054
6 .098 1.406 99.460
7 .038 .540 100.000
Extraction M ethod: Principal Com ponent Analysis.

## 85.9% of variance in 7 variables

explained by just 2 factors
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SPSS Output of PCA: Scree Plot

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Second Step: Do Factor Analysis with
number of factors selected from Step 1

##  First interpret resulting factors

 If it is not interpretable use rotation options
until we get something that can be interpreted
 Look at factor equations and factor scores
 Score plots will be useful

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Variable’s correlation with the factors

Component Matrixa

Component
1 2
gmat .891 -.388
gpa .766 -.586
fellow .777 -.552
comm .883 .052
jobex .683 .662
organze .518 .730
extra .493 .705
Extraction Method: Principal Component Analysis.
a. 2 components extracted.
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Interpreting Factors: Looking at

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correlation with the factors
Varimax Rotation a
Rotated Component Matrix

Component
1 2
gmat .954 .186
gpa .963 -.048
fellow .953 -.014
comm .698 .543
jobex .187 .933
organze .013 .895
extra .007 .860
Extraction Method: Principal Component Analysis.
Rotation Method: Varimax with Kaiser Normalization.
a. Rotation converged in 3 iterations.

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Interpreting Factors: Looking at

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Naming Factors

##  Apriori, theory based selection of

variables
 Should be easy to name factors
 Otherwise use managerial intuition

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How did applicants score on Intelligence and
Component Score Coefficient Matrix

Component
1 2
gmat .293 -.006
gpa .315 -.097
fellow .309 -.083
comm .181 .153
jobex -.015 .344
organze -.068 .343
extra -.068 .331
Extraction Method: Principal Component Analysis.
Rotation Method: Varimax with Kaiser Normalization.
Component Scores.

## Intelligence=0.293 GMAT + 0.315 GPA + 0.309 Fellowships +

0.181 Communications - 0.015 Job Ex
- 0.068 Organizational Skills
- 0.068 ExtraCurricular
Leadership= - 0.006 GMAT - 0.097 GPA - 0.083 Fellowships
+ 0.153 Communications + 0.344 Job Ex
+ 0.343 Organizational Skills
+ 0.331 ExtraCurricular
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Which Applicants to select for Haas: The
Score Plot

Too risky
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Too Risky
Successful Applicants
Successful
applicants
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F2Score

No Good
Sure
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## rejects Book worms

Bookworms
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Step 1: Choosing number of factors to
extract from data
 Do Factor Analysis
 In SPSS select Analyze>Data Reduction>Factor…

##  Select “Extraction”, select “Principle Component

Analysis”
 Select the variables you want to factor analyze in Variables
box
 Select “Correlation” as the data that will be analyzed; this will
mean that the data will be standardized and therefore each
variable will have equal effect.
 Ask for Scree Plot (using Graphs button) which graphs the
amount of variance explained by each factor

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Step 2: Performing Factor Analysis with #
of factors from Step 1

 Do Factor Analysis
 Number of Factors to extract should be from Step
1
 Try “None” rotation for a start (else try Varimax or
others if it doesn’t work)