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  • Editors: C.R. Rao, Sandip Sinharay
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080466705

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The area of Psychometrics, a field encompassing the statistical methods used in Psychological and educational testing, has become a very important and active area of research, evident from the large body of literature that has been developed in the form of books, volumes and research papers.Mainstream statisticians also have found profound interest in the field because of its unique nature.This book presents a state of the art exposition of theoretical, methodological and applied issues in Psychometrics. This book represents a thorough cross section of internationally renowned thinkers who are inventing methods for dealing with recent challenging psychometric problems.Key Features/- Emphasis on the most recent developments in the field- Plenty of real, often complicated, data examples to demonstrate the applications of the statistical techniques- Information on available software

Key Features

  • Authors from the leading testing companies
  • Emphasis on the most recent developments in the field
  • Plenty of real, often complicated, data examples to demonstrate the applications of the statistical techniques
  • Information on available software


Psychometricians, Statisticians and Psychologists

Table of Contents

  • 1. History and overview of psychometrics (L.V. Jones and D. Thissen)
    2. Classical test theory (C. Lewis)
    3. Validity: foundational issues and statistical methodology (B.D. Zumbo)
    4. Reliability and generalizability theory (N.M. Webb, R.J. Shavelson and E.H. Haertel)
    5. Differential item functioning and item bias (R.D. Penfield and G. Camilli)
    6. Equating test scores (P.W. Holland, N.J. Dorans and N.S. Petersen)
    7. Electronic essay grading (S.J. Haberman)
    8. Some matrix results useful in psychometric research (C.R. Rao)
    9. Factor Analysis (H. Yanai and M. Ichikawa)
    10. Structural equation modeling (K.-H. Yuan and P.M. Bentler)
    11. Applications of multidimensional scaling in psychometrics (Y. Takane)
    12. Multilevel models in psychometrics (F. Steele and H. Goldstein)
    13. Latent class analysis in psychometrics (C.M. Dayton and G.B. Macready)
    14. Random-effects models for preference data (U. Böckenholt and R.-C. Tsai)
    15. Item response theory in a general framework (R.D. Bock and I. Moustaki)
    16. Rasch models (G.H. Fischer)
    17. Hierarchicam item response theory models (M.S. Johnson, S. Sinharay and E.T. Bradlow)
    18. Multidimensional item response theory (M.D. Reckase)
    19. Mixture distribution item response models (M. von Davier and J. Rost)
    20. Scoring open ended questions (G. Maris and T. Bechger)
    21. Assessing the fit of item response theory models (H. Swaminathan, R.K. Hambleton and H.J. Rogers)
    22. Nonparametric item response theory and special topics (K. Sijtsma and R.R. Meijer)
    23. Automatic item generation and cognitive psychology (S. Embretson and X. Yang)
    24. Statistical inference for causal effects, with emphasis on applications in psychometrics and education (D.B. Rubin)
    25. Statistical aspects of adaptive testing (W.J. van der Linden and C.A.W. Glas)
    26. Bayesian Psychometric modeling from an evidence-centered design perspective (R.J. Mislevy and R. Levy)
    27. Value-added modeling (H. Braun and H. Wainer)
    28. Three statistical paradoxes in the interpretation of group differences: illustrated with medical school admission and licencing data (H. Wainer and L.M. Brown)
    29. Meta-analysis (L.W. Hedges)
    30. Vertical scaling: statistical models for measuring growth and achievement (R.J. Patz and L. Yao)
    31. Cognitive Diagnosis - part I: (L.V. Dibello, L.A. Roussos and W. Stout) - part II: (S.J. Haberman and M. von Davier)
    32. Marginal Estimation of Populalation characteristics: recent developments and future directions (M. von Davier, S. Sinharay, A. Oranje and A. Beaton)
    33. Statistical procedures used in college admissions testing (J. Liu, D.J. Harris and A. Schmidt)
    34. Integration of models (R.L. Brennan, D.R. Eignor, M.J. Gierl, J.P. Leighton, I. Lawrence, N. Kingston, P. Sanders and C. Schmeiser)

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1190
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © North Holland 2006
  • Published: November 8, 2006
  • Imprint: North Holland
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080466705

About the Series Volume Editors

C.R. Rao

C.R. Rao
book “Ancient Inhabitants of Jebel Moya” published by the Cambridge Press under the joint authorship of Rao and two anthropologists. On the basis of work done at CU during the two year period, 1946-1948, Rao earned a Ph.D. degree and a few years later Sc.D. degree of CU and the rare honor of life fellowship of Kings College, Cambridge.

He retired from ISI in 1980 at the mandatory age of 60 after working for 40 years during which period he developed ISI as an international center for statistical education and research. He also took an active part in establishing state statistical bureaus to collect local statistics and transmitting them to Central Statistical Organization in New Delhi. Rao played a pivitol role in launching undergraduate and postgraduate courses at ISI. He is the author of 475 research publications and several breakthrough papers contributing to statistical theory and methodology for applications to problems in all areas of human endeavor. There are a number of classical statistical terms named after him, the most popular of which are Cramer-Rao inequality, Rao-Blackwellization, Rao’s Orthogonal arrays used in quality control, Rao’s score test, Rao’s Quadratic Entropy used in ecological work, Rao’s metric and distance which are incorporated in most statistical books.

He is the author of 10 books, of which two important books are, Linear Statistical Inference which is translated into German, Russian, Czec, Polish and Japanese languages,and Statistics and Truth which is translated into, French, German, Japanese, Mainland Chinese, Taiwan Chinese, Turkish and Korean languages.

He directed the research work of 50 students for the Ph.D. degrees who in turn produced 500 Ph.D.’s. Rao received 38 hon. Doctorate degree from universities in 19 countries spanning 6 continents. He received the highest awards in statistics in USA,UK and India: National Medal of Science awarded by the president of USA, Indian National Medal of Science awarded by the Prime Minister of India and the Guy Medal in Gold awarded by the Royal Statistical Society, UK. Rao was a recipient of the first batch of Bhatnagar awards in 1959 for mathematical sciences and and numerous medals in India and abroad from Science Academies. He is a Fellow of Royal Society (FRS),UK, and member of National Academy of Sciences, USA, Lithuania and Europe. In his honor a research Institute named as CRRAO ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF MATHEMATICS, STATISTICS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE was established in the campus of Hyderabad University.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Hyderabad Campus, India

Sandip Sinharay

Sandip Sinharay, a research scientist in the Educational Testing Service (ETS), Princeton, NJ, is a recent winner of the Alicia Cascallar Award for an Outstanding Paper by an Early Career Scholar awarded by National Council on Measurement in Education. He has worked in numerous projects in ETS, including ones on National Assessment of Educational Progress, mostly on the application of Bayesian methods to educational testing. He presented in numerous conferences on Psychometrics and published papers in the leading journals in Psychometrics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Educational Testing Service, Princeton, U.S.A.

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