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Computation of multiple correspondence analysis, with code in R

Michael Greenacre and Oleg Nenadic

Economics Working Papers from Department of Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Abstract: The generalization of simple correspondence analysis, for two categorical variables, to multiple correspondence analysis where they may be three or more variables, is not straighforward, both from a mathematical and computational point of view. In this paper we detail the exact computational steps involved in performing a multiple correspondence analysis, including the special aspects of adjusting the principal inertias to correct the percentages of inertia, supplementary points and subset analysis. Furthermore, we give the algorithm for joint correspondence analysis where the cross-tabulations of all unique pairs of variables are analysed jointly. The code in the R language for every step of the computations is given, as well as the results of each computation.

Keywords: Adjustment of principal inertias; Burt matrix; correspondence analysis; multiple correspondence analysis; R language; singular value decomposition; subset analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C19 C88 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005-09
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