Date of Award

8-2008

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Major

Education

Major Professor

Schuyler W. Huck, Hamparsum Bozdogan

Committee Members

Tricia McClam, Russell Zaretzki

Abstract

The dissertation intends to develop a new approach to the identification of the best factor pattern structure. This new approach is a multivariate regression analysis where factor scores are regressed on original variables. The dissertation shows the versatility of information model selection criteria, Bozdogan's ICOMP- type criteria in particular, in two types of modeling problems: determining the number of factors in factor analysis and working as the fitness function for Genetic Algorithm.

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