A Glossary of Misleading Measurement Terms

Here are some alternatives to misleading words which blur rather than sharpen meaning. Please join our endeavor to wrest meaning from chaos by adding your own contributions to this list.

Misleading WordBetter WordOther Alternatives
AppropriateRelevantInformative, Efficient
InappropriateIrrelevantMisleading, Deficient
TrueUsefulWorkable, Applicable, Demonstrable,Coherent
AssumeSpecifyDefine, Require, Intend
Multi-dimensionalSeveral variables, measured separatelyAmbiguous, Unclear, Premature
ConventionalUsualRoutine, Typical
ClassicalPreviousObsolete, Outdated

There is a larger glossary of Rasch terminology at www.rasch.org/rmt/glossary.htm and Spanish Español www.rasch.org/rmt/glosario.htm

A Glossary of Misleading Measurement Terms, B Wright … Rasch Measurement Transactions, 1990, 4:3 p. 116

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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 3rd. 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 Rasch models for measurement, David Andrich Constructing Measures, Mark Wilson Rasch Analysis in the Human Sciences, Boone, Stave, Yale
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