ERIC Number: EJ1061266
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
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Reference Count: 54
Modular Open-Source Software for Item Factor Analysis
Pritikin, Joshua N.; Hunter, Micheal D.; Boker, Steven M.
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v75 n3 p458-474 Jun 2015
This article introduces an item factor analysis (IFA) module for "OpenMx," a free, open-source, and modular statistical modeling package that runs within the R programming environment on GNU/Linux, Mac OS X, and Microsoft Windows. The IFA module offers a novel model specification language that is well suited to programmatic generation and manipulation of models. Modular organization of the source code facilitates the easy addition of item models, item parameter estimation algorithms, optimizers, test scoring algorithms, and fit diagnostics all within an integrated framework. Three short example scripts are presented for fitting item parameters, latent distribution parameters, and a multiple group model. The availability of both IFA and structural equation modeling in the same software is a step toward the unification of these two methodologies.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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