Discrete factor analysis

by   Rolf Larsson, et al.

In this paper, we present a method for factor analysis of discrete data. This is accomplished by fitting a dependent Poisson model with a factor structure. To be able to analyze ordinal data, we also consider a truncated Poisson distribution. We try to find the model with the lowest AIC by employing a forward selection procedure. The probability to find the correct model is investigated in a simulation study. Moreover, we heuristically derive the corresponding asymptotic probabilities. An empirical study is also included.


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