# Exploratory Factor Analysis

- W. Holmes Finch - Ball State University, USA

**Volume:**182

**Other Titles in:**

Quantitative Methods | Quantitative/Statistical Research | Research Methods in Psychology

**Exploratory Factor Analysis**by W. Holmes Finch provides a solid foundation in exploratory factor analysis (EFA), which along with confirmatory factor analysis, represents one of the two major strands in this field. The book lays out the mathematical foundations of EFA; explores the range of methods for extracting the initial factor structure; explains factor rotation; and outlines the methods for determining the number of factors to retain in EFA. The concluding chapter addresses a number of other key issues in EFA, such as determining the appropriate sample size for a given research problem, and the handling of missing data. It also offers brief introductions to exploratory structural equation modeling, and multilevel models for EFA. Example computer code, and the annotated output for all of the examples included in the text are available on an accompanying website.

### Supplements

Example computer code, and the annotated output for all of the examples included in the text are available on the accompanying website.

This text is a perfect resource for individuals seeking guidance on applied factor analysis, covering the fundamentals as well as introductions to more advanced aspects of factor analytic techniques.

**Utah State University**

**Review**

Finch provides a well-written and well-organized introduction to the conceptual and quantitative topics of exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis within a single, concise text.

**Iowa State University**

**Review**

This is a thorough and readable introduction to exploratory factor analysis

**University of Tennessee at Chattanooga**

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