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Factorial Analysis of Human Ability, 2 Feb 1942

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/23

Scope and Contents

The lecture explains factorial analysis in non-mathematical terms as far as possible, and Thomson explores how psychologists and mathematicians can work together and co-operate in order to gain knowledge of intelligence differences. Thomson references the work of Spearman, Hotelling, and Thurstone.

Also includes a follow on lecture with 2 slides titled Positive Structure in Factorial Analysis, and three accompanying images. Thomson has attributed this to Walter Ledermann.


  • Creation: 2 Feb 1942


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Biographical / Historical

Lady Thomson's annotations suggest this was a special address to the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which would concur with Thomson's bibliographies.


2 typescripts, 20pp and 4pp respectively; 3 slides on 2 leafs of card

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Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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