In Search Of An Evaluative Factor: Comments On Deboeck

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Journal Of Personality And Social Psychology


Argues that P. de Boeck's (see record 1979-22559-001) analysis of the author's (see record 1968-03876-001) analysis of trait scales is related to 2 contexts: the traditional methods of factor analysis and the substantive history of an evaluative factor. Three issues are considered: (a) Because de Boeck's procedure differs from the one that is traditional for ability tests, features of the trait inference data that make his analysis possible are examined. (b) Since de Boeck's evaluative factor differs from the historical one that was clearly the largest, the relative importance of evaluation is determined. (c) When de Boeck discards the traditional policy of rotation to simple structure, a justification for a more explicit general argument is considered. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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