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Handbook of Item Response Theory

Volume Three: Applications

Edited by: Wim J. van der Linden

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  December  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466514331
eBook ISBN: 9781315117430
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Drawing on the work of internationally acclaimed experts in the field, Handbook of Item Response Theory, Volume 3: Applications presents applications of item response theory to practical testing problems. While item response theory may be known primarily for its advances in theoretical modeling of responses to test items, equal progress has been made in its providing innovative solutions to daily testing problems. This third volume in a three-volume set highlights the major applications.

Specifically, this volume covers applications to test item calibration, item analysis, model fit checking, test-score interpretation, optimal test design, adaptive testing, standard setting, and forensic analyses of response data. It describes advances in testing in areas such as large-scale educational assessment, psychological testing, health measurement, and measurement of change. In addition, it extensively reviews computer programs available to run any of the models and applications in Volume One and Three.


  • Includes contributions from internationally acclaimed experts with a history of advancing applications of item response theory
  • Provides extensive cross-referencing and common notation across all chapters in this three-volume set
  • Underscores the importance of treating each application in a statistically rigorous way
  • Reviews major computer programs for item response theory analyses and applications.

Wim J. van der Linden is a distinguished scientist and director of research and innovation at Pacific Metrics Corporation. Dr. van der Linden is also a professor emeritus of measurement and data analysis at the University of Twente. His research interests include test theory, adaptive testing, optimal test assembly, parameter linking, test equating, and response-time modeling as well as decision theory and its applications to problems of educational decision making.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Item-Calibration Designs Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Parameter Linking Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Dimensionality Analysis Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Differential Item Functioning Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Calibrating Technology-Enhanced Items Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Person Fit Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Score Reporting and Interpretation Download PDF
Chapter  8:  IRT Observed-Score Equating Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Optimal Test Design Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Adaptive Testing Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Standard Setting Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Test Speededness and Time Limits Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Item and Test Security Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Large-Scale Group-Score Assessments Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Psychological Testing Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Health Measurement Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Marketing Research Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Measuring Change Using Rasch Models Download PDF
Chapter  20:  IRT Packages in R Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Bayesian Inference Using Gibbs Sampling (BUGS) for IRT Models Download PDF
Chapter  22:  BILOG-MG Download PDF
Chapter  23:  PARSCALE Download PDF
Chapter  24:  IRTPRO Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Xcalibre 4 Download PDF
Chapter  26:  EQSIRT Download PDF
Chapter  27:  ACER ConQuest Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Mplus Download PDF
Chapter  29:  gllamm Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Latent GOLD Download PDF
Chapter  31:  WinGen Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Firestar Download PDF
Chapter  33:  jMetrik Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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