Re: The Big Five

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Tue, 26 Sep 1995 10:13:04 -0400 (EDT)


Why would one expect that factor analysis provides a defense against
socially biased research?

I don't get it.

It is easy to use the sausage metaphor to talk about factor analysis.
[It's hard for me to refrain from using the word BALONEY rather than the word
One puts ground meat into the computer, and it comes out in links!
Nice and neat, and useful for generating speculation. But it is still packaged
ground meat!!! Sausage -- ughhh, I needed to bite my tongue once again I
almost started typing that B word.

I'll support John on that one -- factor analysis is nice stuff -- but
it never leaves us free from imposing our social constructions on the links --
and trying to show that the people who produced the ground meat also were using
constructions generated during social intercourse.

Jim Mancuso