# Exploratory factor analysis with fixed factors

Is it possible to conduct exploratory factor analysis using 'fixed number of factors' instead of going for 'factors having Eigenvalues more than 1'? Are there any technical problems in that?

• FA extracts but "fixed" number of factors. Eigen values more than 1 and other similar rules only can orientate toward a likely approximate number. – ttnphns Mar 8 '14 at 18:03