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ERIC Number: EJ856647
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1644
The MIMIC Method with Scale Purification for Detecting Differential Item Functioning
Wang, Wen-Chung; Shih, Ching-Lin; Yang, Chih-Chien
Educational and Psychological Measurement, v69 n5 p713-731 2009
This study implements a scale purification procedure onto the standard MIMIC method for differential item functioning (DIF) detection and assesses its performance through a series of simulations. It is found that the MIMIC method with scale purification (denoted as M-SP) outperforms the standard MIMIC method (denoted as M-ST) in controlling false-positive rates and yielding higher true-positive rates. Only when the DIF pattern is balanced between groups or when there is a small percentage of DIF items in the test does M-ST perform as appropriately as M-SP. Moreover, both methods yield a higher true-positive rate under the two-parameter logistic model than under the three-parameter model. M-SP is preferable to M-ST, because DIF patterns in real tests are unlikely to be perfectly balanced and the percentages of DIF items may not be small. (Contains 2 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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