Russia, Moscow

Simplifying, Identifying, and Evaluating Dimensions: Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analyses

when 5 August 2019 - 10 August 2019
language English
duration 1 week
fee RUB 30000

The course will introduce students to principles and practices behind simplifying data into its component dimensions. This assumes that data contain latent factors and that multiple indicators are used to operationalize those various dimensions. The models rely on stable simultaneous estimation of multiple parameters (incl. variance and covariance matrices of all items, error terms, and relationship structures of latent factors). Students will be taught principles for determining a defensible number of dimensions and how that exploration can be tested. It is a truism that many models of dimensions can fit data; thus, the course will introduce the importance of testing and comparing multiple plausible alternative models. Unsurprising, a small proportion of models will be inadmissible even when N>400. Hence, time will be spent on identifying and troubleshooting problems such as negative error variance and covariance matrix not positive definite. Educational research often seeks to compare participant subgroups who have completed the same test or survey. Nested multigroup invariance testing is a mechanism for determining if scores can be legitimately compared.

Course leader

Dr. Gavin Brown (University of Auckland)

Target group

Social scientists and students

Course aim

Learning Objectives:
- Understand the purpose and rationale for dimensionality reduction and determination
- Understand the differences in use and purpose of exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses
- Gain awareness of the need for and ability to test alternative models
- Develop ability to conduct exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis with simple correlated models
- Develop ability to identify and troubleshoot problems in FA

Fee info

RUB 30000: Non-CIS enrollees can take advantage of an early bird offer of RUB 30,000 (approximately EUR 405) until April 15, 2019.
The Fees stated cover tuition for a selected Track, lunch and two coffee breaks daily, and handouts. Travel and accommodation are paid by participants.
Note that you should proceed to pay your School Fee ONLY AFTER a notice is received to confirm that you qualify and have been officially admitted to your chosen School Track (i.e., NOT upon registration).
RUB 32767: The School Fee for participants from outside the CIS is RUB 38,000 (approximately EUR 512) if they register after April 15, 2019.
The Fees stated cover tuition for a selected Track, lunch and two coffee breaks daily, and handouts. Travel and accommodation are paid by participants.
Note that you should proceed to pay your School Fee ONLY AFTER a notice is received to confirm that you qualify and have been officially admitted to your chosen School Track (i.e., NOT upon registration).