Assessment of Factor Sructure of Security Threats to the Slovak Republic and its Comparison with the Czech Republic
Mgr. Lenka Jakubcová, Ph.D., Police Academy of Czech Republic in Prague, Faculty of Security Management, Department of Crisis Management
Dr. Zdeněk Kovařík, CSc., Police Academy of Czech Republic in Prague, Department of Science and Research
doc. Dr. Mgr. Vladimír Blažek, CSc., Academy of the Police Corps in Bratislava, Department of Public Administration and Crisis Management
The paper focuses on the challenge of ordering 34 selected security threats into more narrowly defined areas, based on their relevance for the Czech Republic and Slovakia. By means of the exploratory factor analysis, a quantitative approach is used to confirm the hypothesis that there is a different factor composition of security threats in the Slovak Republic, in comparison with the findings of the analysis of research data gathered in the Czech Republic. The research was conducted using 233 respondents from the Czech Republic and 407 respondents from Slovakia. The analysis of the data showed that a six-factor model is optimal for the reasonable ordering of 34 security threats. The article contains all necessities for an interdisciplinary scientific verification of reported results and a comparison of the models based on Slovak and Czech data. The results of the exploratory factor analysis were obtained using the open source software for exploratory factor analysis of ordinal variables Faktor 10.8.02.
Keywords: exploratory factor analysis, polychoric correlation matrix, rotated matrix of weights – oblique PROMIN rotation, Bartlet sphericity test, KMO coefficient, McDonald omega reliability coefficient for multidimensional factor model, RMSR – root-mean square residuals.