MAP {EFA.dimensions}R Documentation

Velicer's minimum average partial (MAP) test

Description

Velicer's minimum average partial (MAP) test for determining the number of components, which focuses on the common variance in a correlation matrix.

Usage

MAP(data, corkind, Ncases, verbose)

Arguments

data

An all-numeric dataframe where the rows are cases & the columns are the variables, or a correlation matrix with ones on the diagonal. The function internally determines whether the data are a correlation matrix.

corkind

The kind of correlation matrix to be used if data is not a correlation matrix. The options are 'pearson', 'kendall', 'spearman', 'gamma', and 'polychoric'. Required only if the entered data is not a correlation matrix.

Ncases

The number of cases. Required only if data is a correlation matrix.

verbose

Should detailed results be displayed in console? TRUE (default) or FALSE

Details

This method for determining the number of components focuses on the common variance in a correlation matrix. It involves a complete principal components analysis followed by the examination of a series of matrices of partial correlations. Specifically, on the first step, the first principal component is partialled out of the correlations between the variables of interest, and the average squared coefficient in the off-diagonals of the resulting partial correlation matrix is computed. On the second step, the first two principal components are partialled out of the original correlation matrix and the average squared partial correlation is again computed. These computations are conducted for k (the number of variables) minus one steps. The average squared partial correlations from these steps are then lined up, and the number of components is determined by the step number in the analyses that resulted in the lowest average squared partial correlation. The average squared coefficient in the original correlation matrix is also computed, and if this coefficient happens to be lower than the lowest average squared partial correlation, then no components should be extracted from the correlation matrix. Statistically, components are retained as long as the variance in the correlation matrix represents systematic variance. Components are no longer retained when there is proportionately more unsystematic variance than systematic variance (see O'Connor, 2000, p. 397).

Value

A list with the following elements:

totvarexplNOROT

The eigenvalues and total variance explained

avgsqrs

Velicers average squared correlations

NfactorsMAP

The number of components according to the original (1976) MAP test

NfactorsMAP4

The number of components according to the revised (2000) MAP test

Author(s)

Brian P. O'Connor

References

O'Connor, B. P. (2000). SPSS and SAS programs for determining the number of components using parallel analysis and Velicer's MAP test. Behavior Research Methods, Instrumentation, and Computers, 32, 396-402.

Velicer, W. F. (1976). Determining the number of components from the matrix of partial correlations. Psychometrika, 41, 321-327.

Velicer, W. F., Eaton, C. A., and Fava, J. L. (2000). Construct explication through factor or component analysis: A review and evaluation of alternative procedures for determining the number of factors or components. In R. D. Goffin & E. Helmes, eds., Problems and solutions in human assessment (p.p. 41-71). Boston: Kluwer.

Examples


# the Harman (1967) correlation matrix
MAP(data_Harman, corkind='pearson', Ncases = 305, verbose=TRUE)

# Rosenberg Self-Esteem scale items, using Pearson correlations
MAP(data_RSE, corkind='pearson', verbose=TRUE)

# Rosenberg Self-Esteem scale items, using polychoric correlations
MAP(data_RSE, corkind='polychoric', verbose=TRUE)

# NEO-PI-R scales
MAP(data_NEOPIR, verbose=TRUE)


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