# How to related PCA output to the original data?

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Yaser Khojah on 18 Apr 2019
Commented: Adam on 18 Sep 2019
Hello,
I'm new to PCA and I would like to learn the outcome of pca function. I have read the document and checked others works but I'm a bit confused on how to related the results (wcoeff, latent, explained) to the original data. For example, I'm using the example from the document as below. I understand the (wcoeff) presents the eigenvector vectors. the (latent) presents the eigenvalues. the (explained) is the percentage of the total variance explained by each principal component. NOW, how are all these information are related to the main data which is the ingredients here? how do I know from looking at the results in (explained) that the 55 % is related to which variables or columns in the ingredients matrix?
[wcoeff,~,latent,~,exp
lained] = pca(ingredients,'VariableWeights','variance')
wcoeff = 4×4
-2.7998 2.9940 -3.9736 1.4180
-8.7743 -6.4411 4.8927 9.9863
2.5240 -3.8749 -4.0845 1.7196
9.1714 7.5529 3.2710 11.3273
latent = 4×1
2.2357
1.5761
0.1866
0.0016
explained = 4×1
55.8926
39.4017
4.6652
0.0406

Gabrielle Hedrick on 27 Aug 2019
Thank you!
As Has on 18 Sep 2019
i don't understand variable 2 has 11.3 it is greater than variable 5
plz explain this...thank you