net.loads {EGAnet}R Documentation

Network Loadings


Computes the between- and within-community strength of each item for each community. This function uses the comcat and stable functions to calculate the between- and within-community strength of each item, respectively.


net.loads(A, wc, pos.manifold = FALSE, min.load = 0, plot.NL = FALSE)



Matrix, data frame, or EGA object. A network adjacency matrix


Numeric or character vector. A vector of community assignments. If input into A is an EGA object, then wc is automatically detected


Boolean. Should a positive manifold be applied (i.e., should all dimensions be positively correlated)? Defaults to FALSE. Set to TRUE for a positive manifold


Numeric. Sets the minimum loading allowed in the standardized network loading matrix. Values equal or greater than the minimum loading are kept in the output. Values less than the minimum loading are removed. This matrix can be viewed using print() or summary() Defaults to 0


Boolean. Should proportional loadings be plotted? Defaults to FALSE. Set to TRUE for plot with pie charts visualizing the proportion of loading associated with each dimension


Simulation studies have demonstrated that a node's strength centrality is roughly equivalent to factor loadings (Christensen, Golino, & Silvia, 2019; Hallquist, Wright, & Molenaar, in press). Hallquist and colleagues (in press) found that node strength represented a combination of dominant and cross-factor loadings. This function computes each node's strength within each specified dimension, providing a rough equivalent to factor loadings (including cross-loadings).

For more details, type vignette("Network_Scores")


Returns a list containing:


A matrix of the unstandardized within- and between-community strength values for each node


A matrix of the standardized within- and between-community strength values for each node


The minimum loading to appear in summary of network loadings. Use print() or summary() to view


A qgraph plot of the network loadings. Use plot to view


Alexander P. Christensen <> and Hudson Golino <hfg9s at>


Christensen, A. P., & Golino, H. (2021). On the equivalency of factor and network loadings. Behavior Research Methods, 53, 1563-1580.

Christensen, A. P., Golino, H., & Silvia, P. J. (2020). A psychometric network perspective on the validity and validation of personality trait questionnaires. European Journal of Personality, 34, 1095-1108.

Hallquist, M., Wright, A. C. G., & Molenaar, P. C. M. (2019). Problems with centrality measures in psychopathology symptom networks: Why network psychometrics cannot escape psychometric theory. Multivariate Behavioral Research, 1-25.


# Load data
wmt <- wmt2[,7:24]

## Not run: 
# Estimate EGA
ega.wmt <- EGA(wmt)

## End(Not run)

# Network loadings

[Package EGAnet version 1.1.0 Index]