VSS.plot

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Plot VSS fits

The Very Simple Structure criterion ( VSS) for estimating the optimal number of factors is plotted as a function of the increasing complexity and increasing number of factors.

Keywords
multivariate, models
Usage
VSS.plot(x, title = "Very Simple Structure", line = FALSE)
Arguments
x

output from VSS

title

any title

line

connect different complexities

Details

Item-factor models differ in their "complexity". Complexity 1 means that all except the greatest (absolute) loading for an item are ignored. Basically a cluster model (e.g., ICLUST). Complexity 2 implies all except the greatest two, etc.

Different complexities can suggest different number of optimal number of factors to extract. For personality items, complexity 1 and 2 are probably the most meaningful.

The Very Simple Structure criterion will tend to peak at the number of factors that are most interpretable for a given level of complexity. Note that some problems, the most interpretable number of factors will differ as a function of complexity. For instance, when doing the Harman 24 psychological variable problems, an unrotated solution of complexity one suggests one factor (g), while a complexity two solution suggests that a four factor solution is most appropriate. This latter probably reflects a bi-factor structure.

For examples of VSS.plot output, see https://personality-project.org/r/r.vss.html

Value

A plot window showing the VSS criterion varying as the number of factors and the complexity of the items.

References

https://personality-project.org/r/r.vss.html

See Also

VSS, ICLUST, omega

Aliases
  • VSS.plot
Examples
# NOT RUN {
test.data <- Harman74.cor$cov
my.vss <- VSS(test.data)         #suggests that 4 factor complexity two solution is optimal
VSS.plot(my.vss,title="VSS of Holzinger-Harmon problem")                 #see the graphics window


# }
Documentation reproduced from package psych, version 1.8.12, License: GPL (>= 2)

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