Some Ethical Issues in Factor Analysis

Authored by: John J. McArdle

Handbook of Ethics in Quantitative Methodology

Print publication date:  January  2011
Online publication date:  March  2011

Print ISBN: 9781848728547
eBook ISBN: 9780203840023
Adobe ISBN: 9781136888731

10.4324/9780203840023.ch12

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Abstract

This is a book about ethics in data analysis. So we might begin by asking, “Why worry about ethics in data analysis? Isn’t this already taken care of by good science training?” The answer of course is, “Yes.” Very early in our careers, as early as in elementary school, we are taught to follow and respect the so-called “scientific method” as a guide to obtaining such useful and replicable results. We can all agree that sturdy scientific results require sturdy scientific principles. A key reason we worry about this topic is because we have to trust one another in the creation of sturdy scientific results. But because we are all so trustworthy, what could possibly be the problem?

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