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An event, circumstance, influence, or element that plays a part in bringing about a result.

A factor in a case contributes to its causation or outcome. In the area of Negligence law, the factors, or chain of causation, are important in determining whether liability ensues from a particular action done by the defendant.

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n. 1) a salesman who sells in his/her own name on behalf of others, taking a commission for services. 2) something that contributes to the result.

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1 a mercantile agent. An agent who is in the ordinary course of business entrusted with goods or documents of title representing goods with a view to their sale. A factor has a lien over goods entrusted to him; this lien covers any claims he may have against his principal arising out of the agency. Most factors will be mercantile agents (and have the powers of such) for the purposes of the Factors Act 1889. Under this Act, in certain circumstances a factor may pass a good title to goods entrusted to him.
2 an institution to whom a company assigns its book debts (see FACTORING).
3 in Scotland a landlord or superior's agent.
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The factor analysis was applied to identify the latent structure of the morphometric, physiologic and biochemical measured variables.
Outsourcing Factors Extracted from Exploratory Factor Analysis and Reliability of Effective Factors on Outsourcing
Another criterion, Bartlett's test of sphericity results revealed that the explanatory factor analysis was suitable for the studied data sets (p<0.01), which was in agreement with those (0.892 KMO and Bartlett test, p<0.01) reported by Eyduran et al.
Table-2: Exploratory Factor Analysis for Overall Items of Urdu Version of Menopause Rating Scale (MRS) Using Varimax Rotation Method (n=130).
Confirmatory factor analysis. In the final stage, the fit indices were examined using the CFA model, which was formed as a 4-sub-dimension model.
In the above formula, p is the common factor of the cross section data factor analysis in ith year.
The extraction of the enhanced factor analysis based impeller indicator (EFABII) was briefly introduced in Sections 2 and 3.
However, the results of factor analysis indicate that factors with items of high positive loading that represent quality indicators emerges more consistently in private sector institutions.
In the next step, factor analysis was applied to a dataset of 18 variables.
Although the MSLQ has been most widely and extensively used with students at various educational levels including university/college students, in various cultural and educational contexts all over the world, an exploratory factor analysis of motivational subscales was conducted to examine the factor structure and internal reliability of these scales with postgraduate students in the context of Pakistan.
The exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was performed to classify the common items in clusters.