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Exploratory Factor Analysis - Online Course

A 3-Day Livestream Seminar Taught by

Kristopher Preacher
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Schedule: All sessions are held live via Zoom. All times are ET (New York time).

10:00am-12:30pm (convert to your local time)

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This seminar covers primarily Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA), which is used extensively in psychology, education, medicine, and management to identify underlying factors or dimensions that explain the variability in a set of observed variables. EFA can be a powerful tool for researchers, providing a number of benefits.

First, EFA allows researchers to represent the observed variables with a smaller number of underlying factors or dimensions. In other words, EFA can help researchers to identify the underlying structure of complex data. This can be helpful when dealing with large data sets, as it simplifies the analysis and can help identify key underlying relationships among the variables. This also can be useful for developing and testing theories and models that explain the behavior of the variables.

Second, EFA can help researchers to identify new variables that may be related to the factors or dimensions identified by the analysis. This can lead to new hypotheses and research questions, as well as new insights into the relationships among variables.

Third, EFA can be used to evaluate the reliability and validity of measurement scales. By identifying the key factors that underlie a set of measurement items, researchers can assess whether the items are measuring the same construct, how well they do so, and whether the scale is correlated in expected ways with other variables.

The seminar covers the theory behind factor analysis, hands-on application to data, exposure to uses of factor analysis in the applied literature, and instruction in popular, freely available EFA software. Key topics include model specification, model fit and evaluation, factor rotation methods, multiple-item instrument and questionnaire development, and sample size and power issues.

Starting March 20, we are offering this seminar as a 3-day synchronous*, livestream workshop held via the free video-conferencing software Zoom. Each day will consist of two lecture sessions which include hands-on exercises, separated by a 1-hour break. You are encouraged to join the lecture live, but will have the opportunity to view the recorded session later in the day if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time.

*We understand that finding time to participate in livestream courses can be difficult. If you prefer, you may take all or part of the course asynchronously. The video recordings will be made available within 24 hours of each session and will be accessible for four weeks after the seminar, meaning that you will get all of the class content and discussions even if you cannot participate synchronously. 

Closed captioning is available for all live and recorded sessions. Live captions can be translated to a variety of languages including Spanish, Korean, and Italian. For more information, click here.

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"I can't imagine a better introduction to factor analysis.” 

“Kris Preacher combined a very easy-going demeanor with a wonderfully clear conceptual basis for understanding the material. His presentation of examples in R and Mplus was also very helpful. I can’t imagine a better introduction to factor analysis.” 

Terry Murphy

Penn State College of Medicine

" provided valuable insights on how to generate improved results and interpretations..."

“I particularly enjoyed the course because it provided valuable insights on how to generate improved results and interpretations using exploratory factor analysis. Prior to joining the course, I had underestimated the significance of exploratory factor analysis.” 

Alfred Adu-Bobi

Western University

“I enjoyed the well-targeted content..."

“I enjoyed the well-targeted content and thought the instructor was highly competent. I also enjoyed the great examples and homework exercises. Dr. Preacher had such a good communication style in the virtual seminar and he managed the tools well. I thought this seminar was especially impressive for a first go.” 

Ed Rigdon

Georgia State University