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Factor Analysis

Mon 19 Feb, Mon 26 Feb, Mon 4 Mar 2024


This module introduces the statistical techniques of Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analyses. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) is used to uncover the latent structure (dimensions) of a set of variables. It reduces the attribute space from a larger number of variables to a smaller number of factors. Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) examines whether collected data correspond to a model of what the data are meant to measure. STATA will be introduced as a powerful tool to conduct confirmatory factor analysis. A brief introduction will be given to confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modelling.

  • Session 1: Exploratory Factor Analysis Introduction
  • Session 2: Factor Analysis Applications
  • Session 3: CFA and Path Analysis with STATA
  • Session 4: Introduction to SEM and programming
Target audience
  • Postgraduate students and staff
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
  • Students are expected to be familiar with basic statistical concepts such as variance, correlation and regression
  • The course also assumes familiarity with using the essential features of Stata

Number of sessions: 4

# Date Time Venue Trainer
1 Mon 19 Feb   11:00 - 13:00 11:00 - 13:00 SSRMP pre-recorded lecture(s) on Moodle   Katherine M. Auty
2 Mon 19 Feb   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 Titan Teaching Room 1, New Museums Site map Katherine M. Auty
3 Mon 26 Feb   11:00 - 13:00 11:00 - 13:00 SSRMP pre-recorded lecture(s) on Moodle   Katherine M. Auty
4 Mon 4 Mar   14:00 - 16:00 14:00 - 16:00 SSRMP Zoom   Katherine M. Auty



There may be a practical exercise at the end of the module.

  • Bartholomew, D. J., Steele, F., & Moustaki, I. (2008). Analysis of Multivariate Social Science Data (2nd ed ed.). New York, NY: Chapman & Hall/CRC Press.
  • Long, J. S. (1983). Confirmatory Factor Analysis: A Preface to LISREL. SAGE Publications.
  • Kim, J. O., & Mueller, C. W. (1978). Factor Analysis: Statistical Methods and Practical Issues. SAGE Publications.
  • LP., S., Hamilton, L. C., & Corporation, S. (2011). Stata Structural Equation Modeling Reference Manual-Release 12. StataCorp LP.

In addition, there are chapters on Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis in the Electronic Statistics Textbook (EST).

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