# Interpret all statistics and graphs for Multiple Correspondence Analysis

Find definitions and interpretation guidance for every statistic and graph that is provided with multiple correspondence analysis.

## Axis

Minitab calculates each principle axis, which is also called a principal component. Minitab orders the principal components by how much they account for the total inertia. The first principal component (axis) accounts for the most inertia. The second principal component (axis) accounts for most of the remaining inertia, and so on.

### Interpretation

Use the principle axes to evaluate which components account for most of the variability in the data.

## Inertia

The inertia for a component describes the amount of variation the component explains. The inertia for a column describes how much the values for that category differ from the expected value under the assumption that none of the categorical variables are correlated. To calculate the inertia for a component, Minitab multiplies the inertia for each category by the category's correlation for that component, and then sums the resulting products.

### Interpretation

Use the inertia of the components to determine which components account for most of the variability in the data.

Use the inertia of the columns to determine which categories are the most unusual under the assumption that none of the categorical variables are correlated. For the inertias of the columns, differences from (1/number of categories) indicate the most unusual categories.

## Proportion, Cumulative, and Histogram

The proportion indicates the proportion of the total inertia (the inertia explained by all the components) that each principal component (axis) explains. Minitab displays the components in order of their proportions, from greatest to least. Each proportion is visually represented in the histogram.

The cumulative proportion indicates the cumulative sum of the proportions as components (axes) are added.

### Interpretation

Use the proportion and cumulative proportion to help determine how many components are sufficient to explain most of the total inertia. Ideally, two or three components account for most of the total inertia and are more important than the other components.

## Qual

Quality (Qual) is the squared distance of the point from the origin in the chosen number of dimensions divided by the squared distance from the origin in the space defined by the maximum number of dimensions. Minitab calculates a quality value for each category.

### Interpretation

Use the quality values to determine the proportion of inertia represented by the components for each category. Quality is always a number between 0 and 1. Larger quality values indicate that the category is well represented by the components. Lower values indicate poorer representation. The quality values help you interpret the components.

Use the contribution values for the columns to assess which categories contribute most to the inertia of each component. .

## Mass

Mass is the total of the matrix of relative frequencies for each category. The mass of a column is the sum of all the frequencies in the column divided by the sum of all the frequencies.

### Interpretation

Use the mass to determine the proportion of each column category. Larger mass values indicate that the column category has a higher relative frequency. The total mass for all the all the column categories equals 1 (100%).

## Coord

Minitab calculates column principal coordinates (Coord) for each component. The column principal coordinates are the coordinates that are displayed on the column plot.

To visually display the points defined by the column principal coordinates, use the column plot.

## Corr

The column correlation value represents the contribution of the component to the inertia of the column. Correlation values range from 0 to 1.

### Interpretation

Use the correlation value to interpret each component in terms of its contribution to column inertia. Values close to 1 indicate that the component accounts for a high amount of inertia. Values close to 0 indicate that the component contributes little to inertia.

## Contr

The contribution (Contr) of each column category to the inertia of each component.

### Interpretation

Use the contribution values for column categories to interpret the components.

## Column plot

The column plot shows the principal coordinates for the column categories. Minitab plots column points with blue squares—solid squares for regular points, and open squares for supplementary points.
###### Note

By default, Minitab displays the points for the first two principal components, which account for the greatest amount of total inertia. To display other principal components (axes) on the plot, click Graphs and enter the component numbers when you perform the analysis.

### Interpretation

Use the column plot to look for relationships among column categories and to help interpret the principal components in relation to the column categories. Points that are farther away from the origin indicate categories that are more influential. Points on opposite sides of the plot indicate that a component contrasts these categories.

## Indicator table

The indicator table displays all the observations in your data in the form of indicator variables. Each indicator variable (column) represents one level of the categorical variable and each observation (row) takes a binary value depending on whether it does (1) or does not (0) belong to the category. Therefore, the values in all columns must be either 0 or 1.

To include the indicator table in your results, you must click Results and select the option to display the table when you perform the analysis.

In this indicator table, the first observation in row 1 indicates a Male of normal weight who smokes and engages in regular physical activity. The second observation in row 2 indicates a female who is overweight, does not smoke, and engages in regular physical activity.
C1 C2 C3 C4 C5 C6 C7 C8 C8
Male Female Normal Weight Underweight Overweight Smokes No Smokes Activity No Activity
1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 0
0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1
1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1
0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 1

## Burt table

The Burt table is a symmetric matrix used to help visualize and analyze relationships between categorical variables. To include the indicator table in your results, you must click Results and select the option to display the table when you perform the analysis.

The Burt table has one column and one row for each level (category) of each categorical variable. For example, if data are split into 3 categorical variables, such as Gender (male, female), Activity level (slight, medium, high), and Age (<20, 20-50, >50), the Burt table has 2 + 3 + 3 = 8 rows and 8 columns.
Male Female Slight Medium High <20 20-50 >50
Male 87 0 33 45 9 26 47 14
Female 0 163 27 111 25 43 89 31
Slight 33 27 60 0 0 14 48 7
Medium 45 111 0 111 0 14 107 18
High 9 25 0 0 79 9 30 3
<20 26 43 14 14 9 37 0 0
20-50 47 89 48 107 30 0 185 0
>50 14 31 7 18 3 0 0 28

Each entry in the Burt table shows the number of observations that satisfy the categories in the corresponding row and column. For example, the entry in row 1 and column 3 is the number of observations that are both male and slightly active (33). The entry in row 1 and column 2 is the number of observations that are both male and female (0).

You can determine the total number of observations for each category in the diagonal entries from the upper left to the lower right, where each entry has the same column and row heading. For example, the entry in row 1 and column 1 shows the total number of Males (87), the entry in row 2 and column 2 shows the total number of Females (163), and so on.

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