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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 results of the rotated factor loadings and communalities and factor score coefficients in explanatory factor analysis for each period are shown in Tables V, VI and VII, respectively.
We found that the standardized factor loadings for both groups were greater than .50, with a t value greater than 1.97, except for one item for the Korean consumer group.
Controlling for the general factor, mean factor loading estimates were 0.173 for Study Skills, -0.239 for Interpretation, and 0.266 for Research.
In case, we combine patients as well as students to get a total sample, the emerging model is not expected to give an appropriate fit and may show factor loadings that do not meet the suggested minimum criteria.
[Na.sup.+] and [Cl.sup.-] ions participated in the same ECw component and showed the highest factor loadings.
Table 2 shows the standardized factor loadings. All factor loadings were statistically significant (ps <.
All factor loadings were found to be statistically significant (p<0.05) and above 0.5.
The results showed that factor loadings of all items exceeded 0.40 at definite factors except 1-item “hot flashes”.
Varimax rotation gave eight factors, and items were retained on the basis of their factor loadings. The factor loadings ranged from .302 - .890.Consequently, seven factors were retained and relabelled according to their emerging themes.
In essence, the presence of moderate to strong factor loadings at the higher order (AMAS1; Table 6) are indicative of the strength of the correlations at the lower order (AMAS2; Table 7).
Third, the final best-fitting CFA 5-factor structure determined for Group 2 was cross-validated based on Group 3 (n=582) using two different approaches: (a) comparisons were made regarding model goodness-of-fit for Group 3; and (b) all factor loadings and factor covariances of the final model were tested for their invariance across Groups 2 and 3.