ERIC Number: EJ789902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Mar
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Uniform Test Assembly
Belov, Dmitry I.
Psychometrika, v73 n1 p21-38 Mar 2008
In educational practice, a test assembly problem is formulated as a system of inequalities induced by test specifications. Each solution to the system is a test, represented by a 0-1 vector, where each element corresponds to an item included (1) or not included (0) into the test. Therefore, the size of a 0-1 vector equals the number of items "n" in a given item pool. All solutions form a feasible set--a subset of 2[superscript "n"] vertices of the unit cube in an "n"-dimensional vector space. Test assembly is uniform if each test from the feasible set has an equal probability of being assembled. This paper demonstrates several important applications of uniform test assembly for educational practice. Based on Slepian's inequality, a binary program was analytically studied as a candidate for uniform test assembly. The results of this study establish a connection between combinatorial optimization and probability inequalities. They identify combinatorial properties of the feasible set that control the uniformity of the binary programming test assembly. Computer experiments illustrating the concepts of this paper are presented.
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Probability, Test Construction, Mathematical Concepts, Algebra, Geometric Concepts
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