The effects of measurement errors on some multivariate procedures

Am J Public Health. 1977 Dec;67(12):1188-91. doi: 10.2105/ajph.67.12.1188.


The effects of random errors of measurement on a variety of basic multivariate procedures are discussed. For some procedures, the effect is one of attenuation (i.e., simply reducing the estimated strength of association). For others, the effect may be to alter the apparent direction of association. Some proposed solutions to the problems caused by errors of measurement are presented, and areas requiring further research are pointed out.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / epidemiology
  • Public Health Administration
  • Statistics as Topic*