ERIC Number: EJ736778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
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Two Interpretations of the Discrimination Parameter
Tuerlinckx, Francis; De Boeck, Paul
Psychometrika, v70 n4 p629-650 Dec 2005
In this paper we propose two interpretations for the discrimination parameter in the two-parameter logistic model (2PLM). The interpretations are based on the relation between the 2PLM and two stochastic models. In the first interpretation, the 2PLM is linked to a diffusion model so that the probability of absorption equals the 2PLM. The discrimination parameter is the distance between the two absorbing boundaries and therefore the amount of information that has to be collected before a response to an item can be given. For the second interpretation, the 2PLM is connected to a specific type of race model. In the race model, the discrimination parameter is inversely related to the dependency of the information used in the decision process. Extended versions of both models with person-to-person variability in the difficulty parameter are considered. When fitted to a data set, it is shown that a generalization of the race model that allows for dependency between choices and response times (RTs) is the best-fitting model.
Descriptors: Item Response Theory, Models, Reaction Time, Item Analysis, Data Interpretation, Discriminant Analysis, Generalization
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