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Multivariate Taxometric Procedures
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Multivariate Taxometric Procedures
Distinguishing Types from Continua



February 1998 | 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.
 
Introduction
Carving Nature at Its Joints

 
 
Defining Nature's Joints
Alternative Meanings of Taxon

 
 
Mathematical Foundations of Multivariate Taxometrics
 
MAXEIG-HITMAX
A Multivariate Generalization of MAXCOV

 
 
Factor Analytic Techniques for Distinguishing Types from Continua
L-Mode

 
 
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

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ISBN: 9780761902577
£143.00