In this paper some hierarchical methods for identifying groups of variables are illustrated and compared. It is shown that the use of multivariate association measures between two sets of variables can overcome the drawbacks of the usually employed bivariate correlation coefficient, but the resulting methods are generally not monotonie. Thus a new multivariate association measure is proposed, based on the links existing between canonical correlation analysis and principal component analysis, which can be more suitably used for the purpose at hand. The hierarchical method based on the suggested measure is illustrated and compared with other possible solutions by analysing simulated and real data sets. Finally an extension of the suggested method to the more general situation of mixed (qualitative and quantitative) variables is proposed and theoretically discussed. Copyright © 1999 by Marcel Dekker, Inc.

Hierarchical clustering of variables: A comparison among strategies of analysis

Soffritti G.
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1999

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In this paper some hierarchical methods for identifying groups of variables are illustrated and compared. It is shown that the use of multivariate association measures between two sets of variables can overcome the drawbacks of the usually employed bivariate correlation coefficient, but the resulting methods are generally not monotonie. Thus a new multivariate association measure is proposed, based on the links existing between canonical correlation analysis and principal component analysis, which can be more suitably used for the purpose at hand. The hierarchical method based on the suggested measure is illustrated and compared with other possible solutions by analysing simulated and real data sets. Finally an extension of the suggested method to the more general situation of mixed (qualitative and quantitative) variables is proposed and theoretically discussed. Copyright © 1999 by Marcel Dekker, Inc.
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