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On the Origins of Latent Curve Models


Bollen, Kenneth A. (2007). On the Origins of Latent Curve Models.. Cudeck, Robert & MacCallum, Robert C. (Eds.) (pp. 79-97). Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Factor analysis is one of the success stories of statistics in the social sciences. The reason for its wide appeal is that it provides a way to investigate latent variables, the fundamental traits and concepts in the study of individual differences. Because of its importance, a recent conference was held to mark the centennial of the publication of Charles Spearman's seminal 1904 article which introduced the major elements of this invaluable statistical tool. This new book evolved from that conference. It provides a retrospective look at major issues and developments as well as a prospective view of future directions in factor analysis and related methods. In so doing, it demonstrates how and why factor analysis is considered to be one of the methodological pillars of behavioral research.

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Bollen, Kenneth A.