Reliability Estimates for Three Factor Score Estimators

André Beauducel, Christopher Harms, Norbert Hilger


Estimates for the reliability of Thurstone’s regression factor score estimator, Bartlett’s factor score estimator, and McDonald’s factor score estimator were proposed. Moreover, conditions for equal reliability of the factor score estimators were presented and the reliability estimates were compared by means of simulation studies. Under conditions inducing unequal reliabilities, reliability estimates were largest for the regression score estimator and lowest for McDonald’s factor score estimator. We provide an R-script and an SPSS-script for the computation of the respective reliability estimates.

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International Journal of Statistics and Probability   ISSN 1927-7032(Print)   ISSN 1927-7040(Online)

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