RMT 26:1 Notes and Quotes

Rasch and Distributions

Question: What assumptions are made about distributions by the Rasch model?

Answer: The Rasch model makes no assumptions about the distributions of the parameters. Maximum Likelihood Estimation (MLE) assumes that the randomness in the data is normally distributed. Some estimation methods, such as Marginal Maximum Likelihood (MMLE), assume that the incidental parameters (usually persons) conform to a well-behaved distribution (usually normal).


In the realm of scientific creativity ...

"Quality is a probabilistic function of quantity."

Simonton, D. (2003), Scientific Creativity as Constrained Stochastic Behavior: The Integration of Product, Person and Process Perspectives. Psychological Bulletin, 129(4), 475-494.


ConQuest 3.0

ACER ConQuest 3.0 is software for fitting unidimensional and multidimensional item response and latent regression models. It provides data analysis based on item response models (IRM), allowing examination of the properties of performance assessments, traditional assessments and rating scales. ConQuest 3.0 offers analysis procedures based on multifaceted item response models, multidimensional item response models, latent regression models and drawing plausible values.

New Features include:

Ray Adams, Margaret Wu and Mark Wilson

conquest-sales.acer.edu.au


ORVOMS: Ohio River Valley Objective Measurement Seminar

The 2nd Annual Ohio River Valley Objective Measurement Seminar (ORVOMS) was held on May 18th, 2012 at the University of Kentucky. It was hosted by Dr. Kelly Bradley of the Department of Educational Policy Studies & Evaluation and co-sponsored by Dr. Arne Bathke of the Applied Statistics Laboratory. The keynote speaker was Dr. Richard Smith from Data Recognition Corporation. In addition to the regional attendees some participants traveled from as far away as Florida, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Presentations included:

We thank everyone who participated and presented this year - it was an interesting and collegial meeting. We look forward to next year’s seminar and hope that you will be able to participate. For information about upcoming events or to be placed on our mailing list please contact:

Melanie Lybarger
Psychometric Research Associate
The American Board of Family Medicine
mlybarger ~ theabfm.org


6th Annual UK Rasch Users Group Meeting
20th March 2012, Weetwood Hall, Leeds, UK

UK Rasch User Group, /www.rasch.org.uk


Journal of Applied Measurement Vol. 13, No. 1, 2012

Richard M. Smith, Editor, www.jampress.org



Notes and Quotes, Rasch Measurement Transactions, 2012, 26:1, passim




Rasch Publications
Rasch Measurement Transactions (free, online) Rasch Measurement research papers (free, online) Probabilistic Models for Some Intelligence and Attainment Tests, Georg Rasch
Applying the Rasch Model 2nd. Ed., Bond & Fox Best Test Design, Wright & Stone Rating Scale Analysis, Wright & Masters
Introduction to Rasch Measurement, E. Smith & R. Smith Introduction to Many-Facet Rasch Measurement, Thomas Eckes Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, George Engelhard, Jr.
Statistical Analyses for Language Testers, Rita Green Rasch Models: Foundations, Recent Developments, and Applications, Fischer & Molenaar Journal of Applied Measurement

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Oct. 8-10, 2014, Wed.-Fri. IACAT Conference: International Association of Computerized Adaptive Testing, Princeton, NJ, iacat.org/conference
Oct. 17 - Nov. 14, 2014, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
Dec. 3-5, 2014, Wed.-Fri. In-person workshop: Introductory Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
Jan. 12-14, 2015, Mon.-Wed. 6th Rasch Conference: Sixth International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement in Education, Psychology, Social Science and Health, Cape Town, South Africa www.rasch.co.za/conference.php
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