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ERIC Number: EJ983211
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0033-3123
Dimensionality of the Latent Structure and Item Selection via Latent Class Multidimensional IRT Models
Bartolucci, F.; Montanari, G. E.; Pandolfi, S.
Psychometrika, v77 n4 p782-802 Oct 2012
With reference to a questionnaire aimed at assessing the performance of Italian nursing homes on the basis of the health conditions of their patients, we investigate two relevant issues: dimensionality of the latent structure and discriminating power of the items composing the questionnaire. The approach is based on a multidimensional item response theory model, which assumes a two-parameter logistic parameterization for the response probabilities. This model represents the health status of a patient by latent variables having a discrete distribution and, therefore, it may be seen as a constrained version of the latent class model. On the basis of the adopted model, we implement a hierarchical clustering algorithm aimed at assessing the actual number of dimensions measured by the questionnaire. These dimensions correspond to disjoint groups of items. Once the number of dimensions is selected, we also study the discriminating power of every item, so that it is possible to select the subset of these items which is able to provide an amount of information close to that of the full set. We illustrate the proposed approach on the basis of the data collected on 1,051 elderly people hosted in a sample of Italian nursing homes. (Contains 10 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Italy