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The Complete Analysis of a Data Matrix: Application and Interpretation

  • K. Hope (a1)

In a recent article (Hope, 1969a) the author has demonstrated the theoretical relations between what psychologists call the analysis of persons and the analysis of tests. The demonstration was illustrated by an analysis of a hypothetical matrix M whose rows were called entities and whose columns were called variables. It was shown that, by combining Slater's (1964) method of spherical co-ordinate mapping with a method of numerical taxonomy suggested by the author, it is possible to perform a comprehensive and self-consistent pair of analyses whose conclusions can be read off three diagrams: a map of variables, a dendrogram of entities, and a profile diagram of the multivariate means of groups of entities.

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The Complete Analysis of a Data Matrix: Application and Interpretation

  • K. Hope (a1)
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