[R] Factor analysis with dichotomous variables

Doran, Harold HDoran at air.org
Fri Dec 17 19:07:08 CET 2004

You can use factanal to do the analysis. The polychor() package will
give you polychorics. You can then the do the factor analysis on this
correlation matrix. 

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Subject: [R] Factor analysis with dichotomous variables


I would like to conduct an exploratory factor analysis with dichotomous
data. Do any R routines exist for this purpose? I recall reading
something about methods with tetrachoric correlations.

Any help would be appreciated.

Tom Denson
Department of Psychology
University of Southern California

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