Psychometrics and IRT with R


Paul De Boeck & Mark Wilson, Explanatory Item Response Models: A Generalized Linear and Nonlinear Approach. (Springer, 2004) [www]

This edited volume gives a new and integrated introduction to item response models (predominantly used in measurement applications in psychology, education, and other social science areas) from the viewpoint of the statistical theory of generalized linear and nonlinear mixed models. This new framework allows the domain of item response models to be co-ordinated and broadened to emphasize their explanatory uses beyond their standard descriptive uses.
The basic explanatory principle is that item responses can be modeled as a function of predictors of various kind. The predictors can be (a) characteristics of items, of persons, and of combinations of persons and items; they can be (b) observed or latent (of either items or persons); (c) latent continuous or latent categorical. In this way, a broad range of models is generated, including a wide range of extant item response models as well as some new ones. Within this range, models with explanatory predictors are given special attention in this book, but we also discuss descriptive models. Note that the term "item responses" does not just refer to traditional "test data", but are broadly conceived as categorical data from a repeated observations design. Hence, data from studies with repeated observations experimental designs, or with longitudinal designs, may also be modelled.
The book starts with a four-chapter section containing an introduction to the framework. The remaining chapters describe models for ordered-category data, multilevel models, models for differential item functioning, multidimensional models, models for local item dependency, and mixture models. It also includes a chapter on the statistical background and one on useful software. In order to make the task easier for the reader, a unified approach to notation and model description is followed throughout the chapters, and a single data set is used in most examples to make it easier to see how the many models are related. For all major examples, computer commands from the SAS package are provided that can be used to estimate the results for each model. In addition, sample commands are provided for other major computer packages.

(Représentation graphique du modèle linéaire logistique de test)
Note to the interested reader.
This handbook is far from being completed at this time. I hope to release the final version by the end of 2008.

Le code pour chaque chapitre est disponible ci-dessous. Ceci inclut : le script R lui-même, le même script avec coloration syntaxique (grâce à emacs) sous forme html pour faciliter la lecture, un fichier log reprenant les sorties produites par R (produit avec la commande R --no-save < eirm_c2.R > eirm_c2.log, en ligne de commande) ainsi qu'un fichier pdf regroupant les figures générées par le script. Les codes sources sont annotés en anglais, mais le manuel est rédigé en français.

Cartes item-personne pour différents MRI
eirm_c2_summary.R (html)

Le volume 20 du Journal of Statistical Software (2007) est entièrement consacré aux analyses psychométriques avec R: Je maintiens également une liste d'articles relatif à la recherche en psychométrie. D'autres ressources sont disponibles sur le web, en particulier :

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