This volume discusses how surveys, which are employed in many different research areas, generate categorical data. It will be of great interest to anyone involved in collecting or analyzing categorical data.
* Correspondence Analysis
* Homogeneity Analysis
* Loglinear and Association Models
* Latent Class Analysis
* Multidimensional Scaling
* Cluster Analysis
* Ideal Point Discriminant Analysis
* Formal Concept Analysis
* Graphical Models
The first part of the book explains the historical origins of correspondence analysis and associated methods. The second part concentrates on the contributions made by the school of Jean-Paul Benzécri and related movements, such as social space and geometric data analysis. Although these topics are viewed from a French perspective, the book makes them understandable to an international audience.
Throughout the text, well-known experts illustrate the use of the methods in practice. Examples include the spatial visualization of multivariate data, cluster analysis in computer science, the transformation of a textual data set into numerical data, the use of quantitative and qualitative variables in multiple factor analysis, different possibilities of recoding data prior to visualization, and the application of duality diagram theory to the analysis of a contingency table.
Multiple Correspondence Analysis and Related Methods gives a state-of-the-art description of this new field in an accessible, self-contained, textbook format. Explaining the methodology step-by-step, it offers an exhaustive survey of the different approaches taken by researchers from different statistical "schools" and explores a wide variety of application areas. Each chapter includes empirical examples that provide a practical understanding of the method and its interpretation, and most chapters end with a "Software Note" that discusses software and computational aspects. An appendix at the end of the book gives further computing details along with code written in the R language for performing MCA and related techniques. The code and the datasets used in the book are available for download from a supporting Web page.
Providing a unique, multidisciplinary perspective, experts in MCA from both statistics and the social sciences contributed chapters to the book. The editors unified the notation and coordinated and cross-referenced the theory across all of the chapters, making the book read seamlessly. Practical, accessible, and thorough, Multiple Correspondence Analysis and Related Methods brings the theory and applications of MCA under one cover and provides a valuable addition to your statistical toolbox.