Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 1939

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Dr. W.G. Warnock


The uniqueness of mathematics in that it is a science complete in itself makes it possible to apply mathematical tools to sciences which, in themselves vary widely in content. There is, however, a particular difficulty which must be surmounted. A given mathematical procedure may be valid in the science of mathematics but invalid in another science, such as psychology. The reason for this is that sometimes there is a discrepancy between the implicit assumptions in the field of mathematics and those implicit in the field of application. The purpose of this investigation is twofold: (1) To point out that linearity is not sufficiently extensive for the general case, and (2) factor analysis must necessarily be limited to those variables known to be linearly correlated.


Copyright 1939 Opal Emmons


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