Multivariate method

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By means of multivariate methods (also: Multivariate analysis ) are in the multivariate statistical multiple Statistical variable or random variables at the same time examined. For example, the variables number of seats , weight , length , etc. can be recorded for vehicles . In the univariate analysis, however, each variable is analyzed individually.

Relationship or dependency structures between the variables, e.g. B. a larger number of seats results in a greater weight, can only be recognized with a multivariate, but not with a univariate analysis.


Multivariate methods essentially want to reduce the number of variables and / or observations contained in a data set without significantly reducing the information contained therein. For this purpose, the (context) structure of the data is analyzed. Either you specify a structure and check whether the data fit together with the given structure ( structure- checking procedure : part of inductive statistics ), or you try to extract the structure from the data ( structure-discovering procedure : part of exploratory statistics ).

The classic methods are all linear models that place special demands on the data used. The data should be free of outliers and not distributed asymmetrically . If the data deviates from the required structure, one remedy is, for example, by removing existing outliers or subjecting the data to a nonlinear transformation, such as taking the logarithm .

There are alternative methods that enable iteratively obtained solutions. Frequently used criteria for optimal solutions are

The manual calculation of multivariate methods is usually very time-consuming. Therefore, these methods only experienced their boom with the development of EDP .

The results often do not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the underlying data. For example, only a few details can be given about the underlying probability distributions for results .

Structure discovery processes

Structure discovery methods are e.g. B.

Structural testing procedures

Examples of structure testing procedures
Scale level of independent variables
dependent variable Metric Categorically
Metric Multiple linear regression Analysis of variance , dummy variables -Regression
Categorically Discriminant analysis , logistic regression Log-linear model

As part of the regression analysis for a dependent variable and multiple independent variables, generalized linear models are used to account for the scale levels of the dependent and independent variables. These include B. the multiple linear regression, the logistic regression (logit model) and the log-linear models etc.

Further structure checking procedures are

Graphic representation

Map by Charles Minards from 1869. It shows the loss of soldiers, troop movements and temperatures during Napoleon's Russian campaign. Lithograph, 62 × 30 cm.

A number of special graphic representations have been developed to represent several variables. One of the most famous early multivariate graphics is Charles Joseph Minard's 1869 map of Napoleon's Russian campaign.

Human beings cannot see more than three dimensions; usually only two dimensions on a screen. High-dimensional data can therefore often not be represented without loss of information.

Special display methods are:


Examples of using multivariate methods:

  • To create psychological profiles and use comparisons to find out who is the most likely perpetrator / speaker / author ( criminology , linguistics ).
  • To compare the text of an anonymous author with texts by known authors and to find the most likely author (a variation of the first point mentioned).
  • Data mining : Large amounts of data in databases are analyzed for unknown structures. One hopes to gain knowledge about the interaction of different aspects, for example consumer spending depending on social status by finding out similarity structures.
  • Development of social coordination processes (political sociology) and the influence of individual actors on it.
  • Debtor credit checks (discriminant analysis).
  • When analyzing securities : Which company figures mainly influence a company's profitability ? (Factor analysis)
  • When looking for causes for the ice ages (factor analysis)
  • In radio astronomy for signal analysis at SETI .
  • The indirect hard modeling method is suitable for the analysis of peak-shaped data .


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  • P. Atteslander, J. Cromm, B. Grabow: Methods of empirical social research. 11th edition. Gruyter-Verlag , 2006, ISBN 3-503-09740-6 . (Basic knowledge)
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  • A. Handl, T. Kuhlenkasper: Multivariate Analysis Methods. Theory and Practice with R. 3rd edition. Springer, Berlin 2017, ISBN 978-3-662-54753-3 .
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  • KV Mardia, JT Kent, JM Bibby: Multivariate Analysis . (= Probability and Mathematical Statistics). Elsevier, 2006, ISBN 0-12-471252-5 .
  • B. Tabachnick, L. Fidell: Using Multivariate Statistics. 5th edition. Allyn & Bacon, Boston 2006, ISBN 0-205-45938-2 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Student work at the HU Berlin
  2. KLT-optimized telecomunications. In: Claudio Maccone: Deep space flight and communications . Springer, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-540-72942-6 , pp. 149-248; Innovative SETI by the KLT (PDF) accessed on July 7, 2010