The contributors to Best Practices in Quantitative Methods envision quantitative methods in the 21st century, identify the best practices, and, where possible, demonstrate the superiority of their recommendations empirically. Editor Jason W. Osborne designed this book with the goal of providing readers with the most effective, evidence-based, modern quantitative methods and quantitative data analysis across the social and behavioral sciences. The text is divided into five main sections covering select best practices in Measurement, Research Design, Basics of Data Analysis, Quantitative Methods, and Advanced Quantitative Methods. Each chapter contains a current and expansive review of the literature, a case for best practices in terms of method, outcomes, inferences, etc., and broad-ranging examples along with any empirical evidence to show why certain techniques are better. Key Features: Describes important implicit knowledge to readers: The chapters in this volume explain the important details of seemingly mundane aspects of quantitative research, making them accessible to readers and demonstrating why it is important to pay attention to these details. Compares and contrasts analytic techniques: The book examines instances where there are multiple options for doing things, and make recommendations as to what is the “best” choice-or choices, as what is best often depends on the circumstances. Offers new procedures to update and explicate traditional techniques: The featured scholars present and explain new options for data analysis, discussing the advantages and disadvantages of the new procedures in depth, describing how to perform them, and demonstrating their use.
Best Practices in Exploratory Factor Analysis
Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) is rightly described as both an art and a science, where researchers follow a series of analytic steps involving judgments more reminiscent of qualitative inquiry, an interesting irony given the mathematical sophistication underlying EFA models.
EFA is a widely used and broadly applied statistical technique in the social sciences. When we surveyed a recent 2-year period in PsycINFO, we found more than 1,700 studies that used some form of EFA. The widespread nature of EFA is both gratifying and problematic. On one hand, it ...