[R] slightly off-topic re prcomp()

From: Laura Quinn <laura_at_env.leeds.ac.uk>
Date: Thu 09 Feb 2006 - 04:50:26 EST


I was wondering if anyone could tell me why prcomp() will "Invent" modes of variation in a PCA on identical replicates of data? I would have expected 50 (or whatever number) of identical replicates to return a null score in such an analysis (or at the least, all variables would share the same PC score). This is not the case and I was wondering could someone point me in the direction of some literature to explain the reason behind this?

Laura Quinn
Institute of Atmospheric Science
School of Earth and Environment
University of Leeds

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