Variable labels in factor analysis

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by leehw » Fri Nov 22, 2019 9:58 am

Would it be possible to have a tick box in the factor analysis interfaces to turn switch between displaying variable names and variable labels in the output?

When interpreting a factor structure, this...


...can be much less helpful than...

'I don't diet'
'I love chocolate'
'I have a sweet tooth'

The option to switch between the two, as in SPSS, would be invaluable to me.
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by jonathon » Mon Nov 25, 2019 4:45 am

yeah, there's a bit of a mismatch here. because SPSS is from the middle ages, it only allows variable names to be up to 8 characters long and to only contain alpha-numeric characters (?). which is why people have called their variables things like TSO_1, etc, and then to help them remember what that means, they add a label of 'I don't diet' to it. where as in jamovi, we've just expected people to call their variables 'I don't diet'.

originally, when people would import spss files, we'd use the labels as variable names, but people didn't like that.

so yeah, it's a bit of a tricky one. perhaps we need to adopt the SPSS approach.

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