Is it important to conduct confirmatory factor analysis after exploratory factor analysis?
Now a days, i am working on my doctoral research and i am dealing with more than 85 specifications. It’s a huge number and i am facing a lot of problem in handling these specifications simultaneously. I have done exploratory factor analysis to reduce the number of specifications.
Now, everybody is suggesting me to conduct the confirmatory factor analysis also. Isn’t it enough to conduct only exploratory factor analysis or should i conduct confirmatory factor analysis also?
I think exploratory factor analysis is not at all enough, you should do confirmatory factor analysis also. Both of the processes go hand in hand.
For your further understanding PFA link
I hope this will help you.
CFA and EFA are great measurable strategies. A case of CFA and EFA could happen with the development of measurement instruments, e.g. a fulfilment scale, mentalities toward well-being, client benefit survey. A blueprint is developed, questions are written, a scale determined, the instrument pilot tested, data collected, and CFA completed. EFA is the following stage. EFA causes us to figure out what the factor structure looks like as indicated by how member reactions. Exploratory factor investigation is fundamental to decide basic builds for an arrangement of estimated factors
I don’t think both of the analysis is required as in my research I had first used EFA and then CFA with the same data set. I took my research to my supervisor. He suggested me not to perform EFA as we can’t perform both the CFA and EFA in the same data set.
So, i would suggest using only one of them. As using both would increase the risk of your paper getting rejected.