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factor,

in arithmetic, any number that divides a given number evenly, i.e., without any remainder. The factors of 12 are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 12. Similarly in algebra, any one of the algebraic expressions multiplied by another to form a product is a factor of that product, e.g., a+b and ab are factors of a2b 2, since (a+b)(ab)=a2b2. In general, if r is a rootroot,
in mathematics, number or quantity r for which an equation f(r)=0 holds true, where f is some function. If f is a polynomial, r is called a root of f; for example, r=3 and r
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 of a polynomialpolynomial,
mathematical expression which is a finite sum, each term being a constant times a product of one or more variables raised to powers. With only one variable the general form of a polynomial is a0xn+a1x
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 equation f(x)=0, then (xr) is a factor of the polynomial f(x).

factor

[′fak·tər]
(mathematics)
For an integer n, any integer which gives n when multiplied by another integer.
For a polynomial p, any polynomial which gives p when multiplied by another polynomial.
For a graph G, a spanning subgraph of G with at least one edge.
(statistics)
A quantity or a variable being studied in an experiment as a possible cause of variation.

factor

1. Maths
a. one of two or more integers or polynomials whose product is a given integer or polynomial
b. an integer or polynomial that can be exactly divided into another integer or polynomial
2. Med any of several substances that participate in the clotting of blood
3. Law, Commerce a person who acts on another's behalf, esp one who transacts business for another
4. former name for a gene
5. Commercial law a person to whom goods are consigned for sale and who is paid a factorage
6. (in Scotland) the manager of an estate

factor

A quantity which is multiplied by another quantity.

See also divisor.

factor

A number that divides evenly into another number. For example, 3 and 4 are factors of 12. See factorial and IFP.
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We constrained the factor loadings in CFA to be equal across the freshman cohorts from 1995 to 1999 to test for metric invariance.
The minimum difference between the factor loadings was in the variable 'NES 4', which is .
Standardized factor loadings suggested that the second-order factor explained 52% of the variance in the four first-order factors.
Because endogenous inflation is negatively related to output growth, the factor loading on output growth is lower.
The factor loading matrix reveals a similar situation for ASE.
One component was identified with growth over five years having a factor loading of 0.
89, with an average standardized factor loading of .
The results reported for each factor include the correlated learning style preferences, the category of the preferences, the factor loadings (the standardized correlation coefficient between the factor and preference), and the indication of the aforementioned results in terms of the learning style model.
A construct is said to have good discriminant validity when the factor loading of that construct and another construct is low, usually lower than 0.