The nonparametric approach to constructing and
evaluating tests based on binary items proposed by
Mokken has been criticized by Roskam, van den Wollenberg,
and Jansen. It is contended that their arguments
misrepresent the objectives of this approach,
that their criticisms of the role of the H coefficient in
the procedures are irrelevant or erroneous, and that
they fail to distinguish the inherent requirements (and
limitations) of general nonparametric models and procedures
from those of parametric ones. It is concluded
that Mokken’s procedures provide a useful tool for researchers
in the social sciences who wish to construct
and evaluate tests for measuring theoretically meaningful
latent traits while avoiding the strong parametric assumptions of traditional item response theory.
Mokken, Robert J, Lewis, Charles & Sijtsma, Klaas. (1986). Rejoinder to "The Mokken scale: A critical discussion." Applied Psychological Measurement, 10, 279-285. doi:10.1177/014662168601000306
Mokken, Robert J.; Lewis, Charles; Sijtsma, Klaas.
Rejoinder to "The Mokken scale: A critical discussion.".
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