When a variable is found to have more than one significant loading (depending on the sample size) it is termed a cross-loading, which makes it troublesome to label all the factors which are sharing the same variable and thus hard to make those factors be distinct and represent separate concepts.

The solution is to try different rotation methods to eliminate any cross-loadings and thus define a simpler structure. If the cross-loadings persist, it becomes a candidate for deletion. Another approach is to examine each variable’s communality to assess whether the variables meet acceptable levels of explanation.

Factor loading is basically the correlation coefficient for the variable and factor. Factor loading shows the variance explained by the variable on that particular factor. In the SEM approach, as a rule of thumb, 0.7 or higher factor loading represents that the factor extracts sufficient variance from that variable.

How do you factor load in SPSS?

1. Factor Analysis in SPSS To conduct a Factor Analysis, start from the “Analyze” menu.
2. This dialog allows you to choose a “rotation method” for your factor analysis.
3. This table shows you the actual factors that were extracted.
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5. Finally, the Rotated Component Matrix shows you the factor loadings for each variable.

#### How do you do exploratory factor analysis in SPSS?

First go to Analyze – Dimension Reduction – Factor. Move all the observed variables over the Variables: box to be analyze. Under Extraction – Method, pick Principal components and make sure to Analyze the Correlation matrix. We also request the Unrotated factor solution and the Scree plot.

As a rule of thumb, your variable should have a rotated factor loading of at least |0.4| (meaning ≥ +. 4 or ≤ –. 4) onto one of the factors in order to be considered important. Some researchers use much more stringent criteria such as a cut-off of |0.7|.

## How does exploratory factor analysis work?

Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) is a classical formal measurement model that is used when both observed and latent variables are assumed to be measured at the interval level. Characteristic of EFA is that the observed variables are first standardized (mean of zero and standard deviation of 1).

For a newly developed items, the factor loading for every item should exceed 0.5. For an established items, the factor loading for every item should be 0.6 or higher (Awang, 2014). Any item having a factor loading less than 0.6 and an R2 less than 0.4 should be deleted from the measurement model.

What is exploratory factor analysis in SPSS?

Hence, “exploratory factor analysis”. The simplest possible explanation of how it works is that the software tries to find groups of variables. that are highly intercorrelated. Each such group probably represents an underlying common factor.

#### When should we use exploratory factor analysis?

EFA is often recommended when researchers have no hypotheses about the nature of the underlying factor structure of their measure. Exploratory factor analysis has three basic decision points: (1) decide the number of factors, (2) choosing an extraction method, (3) choosing a rotation method.

What is the goal of exploratory factor analysis?

There are two main types of factor analysis: exploratory and confirmatory. In exploratory factor analysis (EFA, the focus of this resource page), each observed variable is potentially a measure of every factor, and the goal is to determine relationships (between observed variables and factors) are strongest.