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Multivariate Taxometric Procedures

Multivariate Taxometric Procedures
Distinguishing Types from Continua

160 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Can taxometric procedures be used to distinguish types (species, latent classes, taxa) from continua (dimensions, latent traits, factors); and, if so, how? Aimed at demystifying this process, Waller and Meehl unpack Meehl's work on the MAXCOV-HITMAX procedure to reveal the underlying rationale of MAXCOV in simple terms and show how this technique can be profitably used in a variety of disciplines by researchers in their taxonomic work.
Carving Nature at Its Joints

Defining Nature's Joints
Alternative Meanings of Taxon

Mathematical Foundations of Multivariate Taxometrics
A Multivariate Generalization of MAXCOV

Factor Analytic Techniques for Distinguishing Types from Continua

Factor Analytic Techniques for Distinguishing Types from Continua
Q-Factor Analysis

Taxometrics in Scientific Methodology

"It is an extraordinary intelligent yet accessible explication of taxometric procedures—their logic, analytical steps, and underlying philosophy of science—linking them to factor analytic methods traditionally used to analyze contrivances for underlying continuous differences." 

Steve Gangestad
Psychology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Niels Waller

Paul Meehl