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Data Compression by PCA

Principal component analysis can be considered from the viewpoint of data compression. A few scores of the PCA and the corresponding loading vectors can be used to estimate the contents of a large data matrix. The idea behind this is that by reducing the number of eigenvectors used to reconstruct the original data matrix, the amount of required storage space is reduced. However one should be careful, since this method of compression is only meaningful if the data matrix shows a high amount of correlation, both among the variables and the objects.


Click on the logo above to start an  interactive example which shows some details of this method.

Last Update: 2004-Jul-03