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ERIC Number: ED408304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 26
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An Investigation of the Likelihood Ratio Test for Detection of Differential Item Functioning under the Graded Response Model.
Kim, Seock-Ho; Cohen, Allan S.
Type I error rates of the likelihood ratio test for the detection of differential item functioning (DIF) were investigated using Monte Carlo simulations. The graded response model with five ordered categories was used to generate data sets of a 30-item test for samples of 300 and 1,000 simulated examinees. All DIF comparisons were simulated by randomly pairing two groups of examinees. Three different sample sizes of reference and focal groups comparisons were simulated under two different ability matching conditions. For each of the six combinations of sample sizes by ability matching conditions, 100 replications of DIF detection comparisons were simulated. Item parameter estimates and likelihood values were obtained by marginal maximum likelihood estimation using the computer program MULTILOG. Type I error rates of the likelihood ratio test statistics for all six combinations of the sample sizes and ability matching conditions were within theoretically expected values at each of the nominal alpha levels considered. (Contains 5 figures, 5 tables, and 24 references.) (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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