[R] prcomp help: is this a typo?
rdiazuri at students.wisc.edu
Thu Jun 15 19:00:00 CEST 2000
The help for prcomp, under "Value" says:
sdev: the standard deviation of the principal components (i.e., the
eigenvalues of the cov matrix, though the calculation is
actually done with the singular values of the data matrix).
The way I read it, it implies that the sdev are the eigenvalues, but I think
that sdev is actually the square root of the eigenvalues ( from looking at,
say, pp. 317 and 318 in Morrison's (1990) "Multivariate statistical methods" or
pp. 61 to 63 of Krzanowski's (1990) "Principles of multivariate analysis"; or by
comparing the output of
> prcomp(my.data, scale = TRUE)
with the brute force
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