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ERIC Number: EJ1019182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Feb
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1644
A Comparison of Item Parameter Standard Error Estimation Procedures for Unidimensional and Multidimensional Item Response Theory Modeling
Paek, Insu; Cai, Li
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v74 n1 p58-76 Feb 2014
The present study was motivated by the recognition that standard errors (SEs) of item response theory (IRT) model parameters are often of immediate interest to practitioners and that there is currently a lack of comparative research on different SE (or error variance-covariance matrix) estimation procedures. The present study investigated item parameter SEs based on three error variance-covariance matrix estimation procedures for unidimensional and multidimensional IRT models: Fisher information, empirical cross-product, and supplemented expectation maximization. This study centers on the direct comparisons of SEs from different procedures and complements a recent study by Tian, Cai, Thissen, and Xin by providing insights and suggestions on the nature of the differences and similarities as well as on practical matters such as the computational cost. The simulation results show that all three procedures produced similar results with respect to bias in the SE estimates for most conditions. When the number of items is large and sample size is small, empirical cross-product, which was the most computationally efficient procedure, appeared to be affected most, producing slight upward bias.
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Language: English
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