Definition of varimax in English:

varimax

Line breaks: vari|max
Pronunciation: /ˈvɛːrɪmaks
 
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noun

[mass noun] Statistics
  • A method of factor analysis in which uncorrelated factors are sought by a rotation that maximizes the variance of the factor loadings: [as modifier]: it is common practice to conduct varimax rotation of solutions
    More example sentences
    • A varimax rotation produced the simplest possible structure among the component loadings.
    • A principal components analysis with varimax rotation was conducted with all 25 items.
    • For the twelve questions on coping strategies, a three-factor solution was found using varimax rotation.

Origin

1950s: blend of variance and maximum.

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