This study investigated whether or not test factor
structure indicates something about the test hierarchical
structure. Two sets of items were located
such that one set of items was found to have
basically a two-factor structure. Two different
methods were used to establish the factor structures.
These sets of item data were then analyzed
with a refined ordering-theoretic method to determine
item hierarchies. No hierarchy structure was
found for either set of items. Thus, it is suggested
that test factor structure tells little, if anything,
about test hierarchical structure. A search for the
theoretical bases for these discrepancies is recommended.
Bart, William M. (1978). An empirical inquiry into the relationship between test factor structure and test hierarchical structure. Applied Psychological Measurement, 2, 333-337. doi:10.1177/014662167800200304
Bart, William M..
An empirical inquiry into the relationship between test factor structure and test hierarchical structure.
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