Discriminant Analysis allows a researcher to study the difference between two or more groups of objects with respect to several variables simultaneously. These procedures, collectively known as discriminant analysis, allow a researcher to study the difference between two or more groups of objects with respect to. functions, classification functions and procedures. and various selection criteria for the inclusion of variables in discriminant analysis. Professor. Klecka derives.

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As can be seen from the heuristic example in Table 1, lambda at a given step equals 1 – R 2 and, conversely, R 2 equals 1 – lambda. This heuristic provides information about the accuracy of the prediction rule, i.

Replicability of results is important in research endeavors.

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Educational and Psychological Measurement45 In other words, the problems with degrees of freedom in the computer packages can be remedied by individual researchers before they interpret their results. An interdisciplinary introduction to univariate and multivariate methods 2 nd ed. The use of structure coefficients kleecka regression research.

Multiple regression in behavioral research 2nd ed. Multiple regression in behavioral research. Bootstrap and other alternatives. Huberty noted the widespread use of stepwise methods in empirically based journal articles.

Some researchers erroneously believe that stepwise methods can be used to accomplish either of these tasks Huberty, Dsicriminant a forward analysis, variables are selected at each step such that group ana,ysis is increased the most.

It is conceivable that in future studies variables Y 2 and Y 3 will receive credit for explanatory ability that helps differentiate the groups on Functions I and II, respectively.

There are different ways to address the problem; however, perhaps the best solution is to use an ” all-possible-subsets ” approach Huberty, ; Thompson, There are llecka problems associated with the use of stepwise methods. Lack of generalizability pertains directly to the question of replicability.

Discriminant Analysis

The purpose of the present paper is to familiarize the reader with the use of stepwise methodology in discriminant analysis.

The linear composites linear discriminant functions, LDFs can be used to identify outcome variable ” constructs or latent variables that underlie the group differences, that is, that underlie the grouping variable effect ” Huberty,p. The problems associated with stepwise methods, i. On the two functions listed in Table 5, it appears that variable Y 4 provides the greatest amount of explanatory power on the first function and, correspondingly, variable Y 1 on the second function.


Second, stepwise techniques often capitalize greatly on even small amounts of sampling error and, thereby, reduce the generalizability of results Davidson, ; Snyder, ; Thompson, Journal of Experimental research, 61, As Knapp noted, ” virtually all of the commonly encountered parametric tests of significance can be treated as special cases of canonical correlation analysis, which is the general procedure for investing differences between two sets of variables ” p.

Third, the fact that stepwise methods do not identify the best predictor set of a given size is also problematic. Stepwise methods do not necessarily identify the best predictor set of a given size Huberty, ; Thompson,even for the sample data being analyzed.

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Issues in the use and interpretation of discriminant analysis. Thompson remarked that ” degrees of freedom in statistical analyses reflect the number of unique pieces of information present for a given research situation. He suggested that variables be discarded when they do not provide predictive validity, for example, those that have contributed little to predictive validity in previous studies, variables highly correlated with other variables, and variables that are judged not relevant to the present study.

In any computerized stepwise procedure the pre-set degrees of freedom are ” one ” for each variable included in the analysis. The case against using stepwise research methods. Why won ‘ t stepwise methods die?

An introduction to discriminant analysis. Journal of Personality, 62 2 Stepwise methods hold out the promise of assisting researchers with such important tasks as variable selection and variable ordering.

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For example, a school district might be interested in predicting which pre-kindergarten students are likely to have difficulty learning to read by second grade. The most basic question answered by PDA is ” given analysix individuals scores on several predictor variables, which group represents their true membership group?


At the same time a cutoff score will be determined such that when the criterion groups are compared with respect to the discriminant scores the errors of classification are minimized Kachigan,p. In a stepwise analysis variables are entered one at a discrikinant within the context of previously entered variables, in a one-at-a-time fashion.

Basic concepts and some recommended interpretation practices. Multiple regression as a general data-analytic system. Educational and Psychological Measurement, 55 4 Snyder, have advanced strong arguments analysix the use of stepwise methodologies.

The differences between Y 4 and Y 3or between Y 1 and Y 2may be due to sampling error.

The accuracy of such prediction can be assessed by examining ” hit rates ” as against chance, for example. Substantive findings, methodological developments Vol. Some researchers incorrectly use a series of post hoc ANOVAs to investigate statistically significant MANOVA effects, but this is inappropriate since univariate methods can not be used to explore multivariate effects.

As Thompson noted, ” If the five entered predictor variables had been randomly selected, an explained degree of freedom of 5 might be arguably correct ” p. First, as noted above, incorrect degrees of freedom are used in the calculation of statistical tests for discriminant function analysis by most computer packages that employ stepwise methods. These LDF-variable correlations are often called structurer’s ” p.

Oftentimes, the researcher may want a to select a subset of variables from the original set or b to determine the relative importance of the set of variables even if no variables are to eliminated. Students and researchers should be cautioned against interpreting potentially fallible results commonly generated by computer packages. Thompson suggested that ” stepwise analytic methods may be among the most popular research practices employed in discrimiinant substantive and validity research ” p.

Table 3 provides an example of a classification table used to report results from an application of a prediction rule. Psychological Bulletin, 95 ,