Interpreting the output of multivariate analyses: A discussion of current approaches

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Current approaches to the issue of interpreting the output of multivariate analyses are examined and two broad classes of approach distinguished: univariate and multivariate. Most researchers opt for interpretations that deal with variables one at a time rather than in combination. This approach is appropriate for univariate but not for multivariate techniques which are essentially tools for investigating combinations of psychological attributes which may determine outcome scores or category membership. Assessing the relative importance of individual variables is also inappropriate. A number of multivariate approaches that deal with combinations of variables are then examined. These include the use of simultaneous test procedures (STPs), rotation, and the simplification of canonical variates. 1984 The British Psychological Society

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)349-362
Number of pages14
JournalBritish Journal of Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 1984
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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