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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    So awesome! This is THE age of learning. There are opportunities to grow and learn in ways that simply were not reasonably available to people in the past. Clearly, I am just not engaging with my online sociology course. The course textbook's 2 page description of the author's struggle to...
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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    Wow! I am not sure if Stack Exchange -- Cross Validated(CV) is somehow connected to this forum, though I have found CV to be an incredibly useful resource to deepen my understanding of PCA. It is brilliant! Let people ask questions and then let the best answers rise to the top. My impression is...
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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    Thank you again for your reply, GretaGarbo. Going through the process of writing down one's ideas helps to crystallize them. I had to take a vacation from the course for a while because I found it too disturbing. Sociology has to be the craziest subject that I have ever taken-- by far. In the...
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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    GretaGarbo, Thank you for suggesting RStudio to me! I downloaded the software and have found that it does add a layer of polish to the R interface. If RStudio can do everything in the background for me related to packages, this alone would be a great help to me. Without it I needed to keep...
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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    Very startling how much can be learned on the internet in a few days! Web learning is way way better than a classroom. I have watched about 20 videos on PCA and I am developing a feel for it. Great having 20 or so people explaining the same thing to you. Each slightly different perspective...
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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    Very exciting! I have been able to get over the hurdle about the installing of the packages and I am now able to see the analysis of the data! Excellent! If I can follow the template in my assignment, then I will have no worries!
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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    Very awesome news! While looking around on some online videos on PCA, I came across one that went through an example in R. I have downloaded R and I am following along with the code! This is great great! Perhaps I can simple lift over the template from the video and I will be all done. I am...
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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    Buckeye, thank you very much for your reply! I do not have a firm grasp of principal component analysis. Ordinarily, this would be a gamestopper for me. However, the sociology course that I am currently enrolled in is not intended to be a deep statistical theory course. The assignment is merely...
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    Are students prepared for college? PCA analysis?

    I have an assignment for my online sociology course that requires that I complete a quantitative analysis on a social issue. For my assignment, I have decided to investigate the level of preparedness of my fellow classmates for university study. The motivation for this research arose when I...