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Title: Unidimensional IRT calibration of compensatory and noncompensatory multidimensional items
Authors: Ackerman, Terry A.
Issue Date: 1989
Citation: Ackerman, Terry A. (1989). Unidimensional IRT calibration of compensatory and noncompensatory multidimensional items. Applied Psychological Measurement, 13, 113-127. doi:10.1177/014662168901300201
Abstract: The characteristics of unidimensional ability estimates obtained from data generated using multidimensional compensatory models were compared with estimates from noncompensatory IRT models. Reckase, Carlson, Ackerman, and Spray (1986) reported that when a compensatory model is used and item difficulty is confounded with dimensionality, the composition of the unidimensional ability estimates differs for different points along the unidimensional ability (θ) scale. Eight datasets (four compensatory, four noncompensatory) were generated for four different levels of correlated two-dimensional θs. In each dataset, difficulty was confounded with dimensionality and then calibrated using LOGIST and BILOG. The confounding of difficulty and dimensionality affected the BILOG calibration of response vectors using matched multidimensional item parameters more than it affected the LOGIST calibration. As the correlation between the generated two-dimensional θs increased, the response data became more unidimensional as shown in bivariate plots of the mean θ̂₁ as opposed to the mean of θ̂₂ for specified unidimensional quantiles. Index terms: BILOG, compensatory IRT models, IRT ability estimation, LOGIST, multidimensional item response theory, noncompensatory IRT models.
URI: http://purl.umn.edu/107494
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