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On the Meaning of Within-Factor Correlated Measurement Errors, Journal of Consumer Research

Abstract

The meaning of correlated measurement errors is discussed within a hierarchical framework of error terms provided by true score, first-order factor, and second-order factor models: random error, indicator specific error, and group specific error, respectively. Group specific error can be represented either as extraneous first-order factors or as unwanted components of first-order factors that define a second-order factor. The uncritical use of correlated measurement errors without theoretical justification is shown to lead merely to more acceptable fit while obfuscating a more meaningful theoretical structure.

Type

Article

Author(s)

James Anderson

Date Published

1984

Citations

Anderson, James. 1984. On the Meaning of Within-Factor Correlated Measurement Errors. Journal of Consumer Research. 11(1): 572-580.

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