# Total Variance Explained

The variance explained by the initial solution, extracted components, and rotated components is displayed. This first section of the table shows the Initial Eigenvalues.

The Total column gives the eigenvalue, or amount of variance in the original variables accounted for by each component. The % of Variance column gives the ratio, expressed as a percentage, of the variance accounted for by each component to the total variance in all of the variables. The Cumulative % column gives the percentage of variance accounted for by the first n components. For example, the cumulative percentage for the second component is the sum of the percentage of variance for the first and second components.

For the initial solution, there are as many components as variables, and in a correlations analysis, the sum of the eigenvalues equals the number of components. You have requested that eigenvalues greater than 1 be extracted, so the first three principal components form the extracted solution.