# Questions tagged [pca]

Principal component analysis (PCA) is a linear dimensionality reduction technique. It reduces a multivariate dataset to a smaller set of constructed variables preserving as much information (as much variance) as possible. These variables, called principal components, are linear combinations of the input variables.

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### Making sense of principal component analysis, eigenvectors & eigenvalues

In today's pattern recognition class my professor talked about PCA, eigenvectors and eigenvalues. I understood the mathematics of it. If I'm asked to find eigenvalues etc. I'll do it correctly like ...
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### Relationship between SVD and PCA. How to use SVD to perform PCA?

Principal component analysis (PCA) is usually explained via an eigen-decomposition of the covariance matrix. However, it can also be performed via singular value decomposition (SVD) of the data matrix ...
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### What are the differences between Factor Analysis and Principal Component Analysis?

It seems that a number of the statistical packages that I use wrap these two concepts together. However, I'm wondering if there are different assumptions or data 'formalities' that must be true to use ...
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### Can principal component analysis be applied to datasets containing a mix of continuous and categorical variables?

I have a dataset that has both continuous and categorical data. I am analyzing by using PCA and am wondering if it is fine to include the categorical variables as a part of the analysis. My ...
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### PCA on correlation or covariance?

What are the main differences between performing principal component analysis (PCA) on the correlation matrix and on the covariance matrix? Do they give the same results?
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### How to reverse PCA and reconstruct original variables from several principal components?

Principal component analysis (PCA) can be used for dimensionality reduction. After such dimensionality reduction is performed, how can one approximately reconstruct the original variables/features ...
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### What's the difference between principal component analysis and multidimensional scaling?

How are PCA and classical MDS different? How about MDS versus nonmetric MDS? Is there a time when you would prefer one over the other? How do the interpretations differ?
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### Should one remove highly correlated variables before doing PCA?

I'm reading a paper where author discards several variables due to high correlation to other variables before doing PCA. The total number of variables is around 20. Does this give any benefits? It ...
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### PCA and proportion of variance explained

In general, what is meant by saying that the fraction $x$ of the variance in an analysis like PCA is explained by the first principal component? Can someone explain this intuitively but also give a ...
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### What is the relation between k-means clustering and PCA?

It is a common practice to apply PCA (principal component analysis) before a clustering algorithm (such as k-means). It is believed that it improves the clustering results in practice (noise reduction)...
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### Why do we need to normalize data before principal component analysis (PCA)? [duplicate]

I'm doing principal component analysis on my dataset and my professor told me that I should normalize the data before doing the analysis. Why? What would happen If I did PCA without normalization? ...
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### Loadings vs eigenvectors in PCA: when to use one or another?

In principal component analysis (PCA), we get eigenvectors (unit vectors) and eigenvalues. Now, let us define loadings as $$\text{Loadings} = \text{Eigenvectors} \cdot \sqrt{\text{Eigenvalues}}.$$ I ...
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### What are principal component scores?

What are principal component scores (PC scores, PCA scores)?
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### What is the intuition behind SVD?

I have read about singular value decomposition (SVD). In almost all textbooks it is mentioned that it factorizes the matrix into three matrices with given specification. But what is the intuition ...
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### What're the differences between PCA and autoencoder?

Both PCA and autoencoder can do demension reduction, so what are the difference between them? In what situation I should use one over another?
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### How to visualize what canonical correlation analysis does (in comparison to what principal component analysis does)?

Canonical correlation analysis (CCA) is a technique related to principal component analysis (PCA). While it is easy to teach PCA or linear regression using a scatter plot (see a few thousand examples ...
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### Using principal component analysis (PCA) for feature selection

I'm new to feature selection and I was wondering how you would use PCA to perform feature selection. Does PCA compute a relative score for each input variable that you can use to filter out ...
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### Is there any good reason to use PCA instead of EFA? Also, can PCA be a substitute for factor analysis?

In some disciplines, PCA (principal component analysis) is systematically used without any justification, and PCA and EFA (exploratory factor analysis) are considered as synonyms. I therefore ...
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### What is an intuitive explanation for how PCA turns from a geometric problem (with distances) to a linear algebra problem (with eigenvectors)?

I've read a lot about PCA, including various tutorials and questions (such as this one, this one, this one, and this one). The geometric problem that PCA is trying to optimize is clear to me: PCA ...
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### Building an autoencoder in Tensorflow to surpass PCA

Hinton and Salakhutdinov in Reducing the Dimensionality of Data with Neural Networks, Science 2006 proposed a non-linear PCA through the use of a deep autoencoder. I have tried to build and train a ...