Dandelion plot: a method for the visualization of R-mode exploratory factor analyses

Manukyan A., ÇENE E., Sedef A., DEMİR İ.

COMPUTATIONAL STATISTICS, vol.29, no.6, pp.1769-1791, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 6
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s00180-014-0518-x
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1769-1791
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


One of the important aspects of exploratory factor analysis (EFA) is to discover underlying structures in real life problems. Especially, R-mode methods of EFA aim to investigate the relationship between variables. Visualizing an efficient EFA model is as important as obtaining one. A good graph of an EFA should be simple, informative and easy to interpret. A few number of visualization methods exist. Dandelion plot, a novel method of visualization for R-mode EFA, is used in this study, providing a more effective representation of factors. With this method, factor variances and factor loadings can be plotted on a single window. The representation of both positivity and negativity among factor loadings is another strength of the method.