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happy as a lark

Very happy; contented. I've been happy as a lark ever since we moved to the countryside. Johnny's in a bit of a bad mood, but just give him a new toy to play with and he'll be happy as a lark.
See also: happy, lark

on a lark

On a whim or fancy; for fun or as a joke. On a lark, we all decided to ditch our Friday classes and drive to New York City for the weekend.
See also: lark, on

up with the lark(s)

Awake, out of bed, and active at a particularly early hour of the morning. I don't know how he does it, but my husband has gotten up with the lark every morning of his life. I won't have another pint, thanks. I have to be up with the larks tomorrow, so I'd better head home soon.
See also: up

for a lark and on a lark

for a joke; as something done for fun. For a lark, I wore a clown's wig to school. On a lark, I skipped school and drove to the beach.
See also: and, lark, on

be up with the lark

  (British, American & Australian) also be up with the crows (Australian)
to be awake and out of your bed early in the morning
Usage notes: Larks and crows are birds that start singing very early in the morning.
You were up with the lark this morning!
See also: lark, up

happy as the day is long

Also, happy as a lark; happy as a clam (at high tide). Extremely glad, delighted, very cheerful, as in He was happy as the day is long, or When she heard the news she was happy as a lark, or Once I got the test results I was happy as a clam at high tide. The first of these similes dates from the late 1700s. The second alludes to the lark's beautiful, seemingly very happy, song. The third, from the early 1800s, alludes to the fact that clams can only be dug at low tide and therefore are safe at high tide; it is often shortened to happy as a clam.
See also: happy, long

lark it up

Also, lark about. Have a noisy, exuberant good time. For example, We were larking it up when the supervisor walked in, or He's always larking about at night. These expressions employ lark in the sense of "to frolic," a usage dating from the early 1800s. Also see cut up.
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Convergent validity was also assessed at the individual item and construct levels by examining the individual item loadings and the average variance extracted (AVE) respectively (Fornell and Larker, 1981).
Higher AVE than shared variances suggests discriminant validity (Fornell & Larker, 1981).
Discriminant validity was assessed through two methods: examination of the correlations between constructs (Anderson & Gerbing, 1988) and evaluation of the AVE values (Fornell & Larker, 1981).
However, evaluation of each construct's AVE provides a more rigorous test of discriminant validity, and as Fornell and Larker (1981) suggest, the AVE for each construct should be greater than the squared correlation between that construct and any other.
Larker, 1989, "Executive Stock Option Plans and Corporate Dividend Policy," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 24, 409-425.
Discriminant validity can be assessed by comparing the average variance extracted (AVE) to the squared correlation between constructs (Fornell & Larker, 1981).
Concentrating more specifically on PMSs, the management and accounting literatures suggest that financial, efficiency-based performance measures are less relevant while non-financial measures are more relevant for strategies of differentiation (Porter, 1980; Govindarajan, 1988; Abernethy and Lillis, 1995; Ittner and Larker, 1997b; Perera et al.
The average variance extracted (AVE) was a second method used for testing discriminant validity (Fornell and Larker 1981).
50 support a case for convergent validity (Fornell and Larker 1981).
Discriminant validity was assessed via three tests; support is provided if (a) all off-diagonal [pi] correlations among dimensions are less than one (Bagozzi 1980), (b) no confidence interval estimates around the [pi] correlations include the value of one (Gerbing and Anderson 1988), and (c) the average variance-extracted estimates are greater than the square of the correlation between two dimensions (Fornell and Larker 1981).
1993), and Holthausen and Larker (1993) identify various factors that affect observed levels of pay-performance sensitivity, such as growth, regulation, size, and information asymmetry.
ONE of the Airedale terriers retained by the Liverpool City Police for auxiliary duty in searching out park pests, night larkers etc, caught the Bank Holiday spirit on Monday and disappeared.
The host, 41, described listeners of her 6am to 8am slot, who she nicknamed The Barking Larkers, as her extended family.