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Q-mode factor analysis of compositional data

Computers and Geosciences

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DOI: 10.1016/0098-3004(76)90003-0

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An extended form of the method of Q-mode factor analysis may be used if the rows of the data matrix sum to a constant. The constant row-sum provides a means for scaling the factor model to conform to the units of the original data in such forms as proportions, percentages, or parts per million. The scale factors for an m-factor model are used to derive composition scores and loadings, which lead to the same reproduced data regardless of the choice of reference axes (end-members). Factor-variance diagrams may be constructed to show the proportion of the variance that will be accounted for in each compositional variable by models containing various numbers of end-members. The method may be used to develop a petrologic mixing model by searching for end-members that are geologically plausible. ?? 1976.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Q-mode factor analysis of compositional data
Series title:
Computers and Geosciences
DOI:
10.1016/0098-3004(76)90003-0
Volume
1
Issue:
3
Year Published:
1976
Language:
English
Publisher:
Elsevier
Publisher location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Computers and Geosciences
First page:
147
Last page:
159
Number of Pages:
13