N-Way Factor Analysis for Obtaining Personality, Situation, and Test Form Contributions to a Psychological Response

Illustrated by a Three-Way Plasmode
  • Raymond B. Cattell
  • Dan D. Blaine
  • Jerry Brennan
Part of the Perspectives on Individual Differences book series (PIDF)


The present contribution can be regarded by statisticians as a first mathematical-statistical illustration of N-way factoring as previously given in algebraic outline (Cattell, 1980). But to the psychologist it is something more, namely, an answer to the problem raised in various ways over the last 30 years of integrating personality traits, specific behaviors, and environmental situations in a single predictive system (Cattell, 1934, 1968, 1972). Indeed, it was in the psychological context that a behavior specification equation was first proposed by Cattell (1978, 1979) combining the factorial properties and values of person, stimulus, response form, and ambient situation.


Factor Score Standard Score Score Matrice Behavioral Equation Test Face 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Raymond B. Cattell
    • 1
  • Dan D. Blaine
    • 1
  • Jerry Brennan
    • 1
  1. 1.University of HawaiiHonoluluUSA

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