Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Multivariate Analysis (or Method)

Any of several statistical techniques such as factor analysis or cluster analysis, all of which provide summary statistics after the simultaneous or sequential manipulation of several variables or traits. Other such techniques include: canonical correlation analysis, correspondence analysis, discriminant function analysis, linear probability modeling, multidimensional scaling, multiple discriminant analysis, multivariate analysis of covariance (MANCOVA), multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA), path analysis, and principal component(s) analysis.

Cf. univariate analysis, bivariate analysis.

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