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Correlations within Factor in a pscyhometric instrument

I am working with results of a psychometric test. There are twelve factors and each have three subfactors. My problem is that one of the subfactors correlates very highly 0.3 to 0.7 with subfactors of ...
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Testing face validity of a questionnaire

I would like to validate a questionnaire for my population, using a "think-aloud" (protocol analysis) method. The study looks at IT user satisfaction. Do you think my participants have to use the ...
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Principal component analysis, psychometrics, and number of items required

I saw that questions regarding sample sizes and PCA are asked here quite frequently. However, I was not able to find exactly the information I need. I plan to do a psychometric study and conduct a ...
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Eliminated items in Factor Analysis

I'd like to get your opinions on how to interpret items that had to be eliminated in factor analysis (FA). I've been researching consumer shopping motivations and ran a survey with 40 items, which ...
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What is the relationship between scale reliability measures (Cronbach's alpha etc.) and component/factor loadings?

Let's say I have a dataset with scores on a bunch of questionnaire items, which are theoretically comprised of a smaller number of scales, like in psychology research. I know a common approach here ...
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Is there an extension of multinomial process models that can model several dependent variables?

In the setting of psychological experiments, where a categorical response has to be given, the same response can, in theory, be generated by different latent processes. For example, in an experiment ...
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How to correctly interpret a parallel analysis in exploratory factor analysis?

Some scientific papers report results of parallel analysis of principal axis factor analysis in a way inconsistent with my understanding of the methodology. What am I missing? Am I wrong or are they. ...
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Why change items which don't change Cronbach Alpha?

I am doing peer review on a paper submission for a journal, and I am somewhat out of my depth. The authors are developing a psychometric scale. They did a pilot study with 45 items. They measured ...
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Neutral option on Likert Scale

I would like to know how do we analyze or regard the Neutral response (such as Don't Know) in a questionnaire using the following Likert Scale: 1:Strongly Disagree 2:Disagree 3:Don't Know 4:Agree ...
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How is the Spearman-Brown prophecy formula affected by questions of differing difficulties?

How are the results of the Spearman-Brown prophecy formula affected by having test questions of differing difficulties or raters who are easy or hard graders. One respected text says the S-B is ...
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What criteria must be met in order to conclude a 'ceiling effect' is occurring?

According to The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods… [a] ceiling effect occurs when a measure possesses a distinct upper limit for potential responses and a large concentration ...
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Correlation significance test with standardized z scores

I am using spss I am looking at a criterion-validity concurrent design. I had to transform two groups performance ratings into z scores because there were differences in how raters rated them on the ...
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theoretical profile correlation

My data (n > 4000) contains the results of two separate tests (instruments). I have a profile made from likert scales for one of the instruments (S1, S2, ... S20). I want to find the corresponding ...
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How can IRT-Models be understood in GLM/ SEM Framework? (Predict Learning with added Paradata-Covariates)

I'll be working with data from an intelligent tutor system similar to one studied in the KDD-Cup 2010 on student performance prediction and plan to use IRT models to infer item and ability parameters. ...
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Item reliability or fit in IRT-based adaptive tests?

My background is in machine learning and statistics, but I am relatively new to psychometrics and testing. Nearly all of the literature I've found on item reliability refers to Chronbach's alpha or ...
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How to test measurement invariance with PLS?

I have two questions about structural equations modeling: To perform comparisons of model estimates for different groups (3 clusters), do I always have to analize measurement invariance first? If ...
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Can statistics really be used in education to determine test scores?

I am a middle school teacher. My district prides itself on having the kids take 3 tests during the year to predict their score, and my teaching, on "the real test" at the end of the year. My question: ...
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Identification of useless questions from a questionnaire

I'm developing a questionnaire. To improve its reliability and validity I want to use statistical methods. I want to eliminate questions whose answers are always the same. This means that nearly all ...
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If a measure is valid (but not necesarily reliable), can it be consistently replicated?

I had this question on an exam, and I was positive that the answer was A. The Beck Depression Inventory is a scale intended to measure depression levels, with higher scores indicative of higher ...
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Several items for one construct

I am a dummy in statistics but need to accomplish some simple survey analyses. My question is: if I have several questions (items) for one construct (say, questions JS1-JS3 for job satisfaction) with ...
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Validation of a questionnaire in a new population

I have 400 responses to a 20 item questionnaire which purports to measure an attitudinal constuct in medical students. The instrument was validated in the US for a single year of medical students and ...
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Calculating total score for a scale including polytomous and dichotomous items [duplicate]

I have a variable that is measured using a 13-item, 4-point Likert scale with the exception of one item (yes $=1$, no $=2)$. How can I calculate the total score for this variable?
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Can I turn a latent variable be treated as an observed variable?

I am a doctoral candidate and for my dissertation research I am using two standardized scales as independent variables. Because these have not been used with my particular population, I needed to do ...
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Using Ltm package to calclate 3PL some lines of data seem to go missing

I am hoping someone can help with the following: I have been trying to use the ltm package in R to get person fit estimates using a 3PL model. The problem I have been having is that I start off ...
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How to calculate differential item functioning when factor structure differs between groups?

I want to test for differential item functioning on a self-report measure between two groups (i.e., one with a disease one without). Differential item functioning refers to a measurement bias wherein ...
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Intra- and inter- observer error, and the intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC)

I have 3 observers, who each perform multiple observations in which they count a phenomenon. I'm trying to quantify both inter- and intra- observer error for this study. I'm new to this and am finding ...
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Good internal factor structure but poor cronbach alpha?

I am running a CFA and getting good fit indices (CFI = .99, RMSEA = .01) for a uni-dimensional scale. However, when I test for internal consistency, I get poor Cronbach alphas (alpha = .6). I have ...
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Map a normal distribution N(x,s) to an ordinal response variable

I am working on a simulation. I am going to extract a series of normally distributed values from a distribution $N(x,s)$ whose mean $x$ and variance $s$ is known. I want to pretend that such ...
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How to check psychometric type of scales?

It is well known, that there are diffrent types of scales (see Wikipedia Level of measurement). In psycholinguistics there is Semantic Differential technique. It uses a scale (usually 5 or 7 grades) ...
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Cronbach's alpha vs. KR20/KR21 in reliability studies

Should we calculate Cronbach's alpha instead of KR20/KR21 for measuring the reliability of an achievement test, or a test with dichotomous data?
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Where do the descriptors for Cronbach's alpha values come from (e.g., poor, excellent)?

It seems fairly common to describe Cronbach's alpha values as follows: α ≥ 0.9 Excellent 0.7 ≤ α < 0.9 Good 0.6 ≤ α < 0.7 Acceptable 0.5 ≤ α < 0.6 Poor α < 0.5 Unacceptable Where ...
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What is the correct use of Cronbach's alpha?

I am trying to use Cronbach's alpha in order to see if some variables are measuring the "same", but I have some doubts about the correct use: Can I compute alpha for numerical, ordinal or ...
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Confirmatory factor analysis for a newly constructed questionnaire

I am about to develop a new questionnaire with 142 questions I have performed exploratory factor analysis and 30 latent factors were extracted. I was wondering if it is necessary to perform ...
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Doing CFA on a known theoretical model, but having problems with convergent and discriminant validity

I did a survey based on the UTAUT model / theory with standard questions used. The N was 150. I am trying to validate the model for my survey with structural equation modeling (via the AMOS software). ...
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Item response theory vs. summative Likert scale

If the items to be "summed" or combined to create an overall index are collectively the underlying construct (i.e. I am trying to measure compliance to an intervention which has different ...
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Two treatments - How do I compute reliability estimates like Cronbach $\alpha$?

I randomized my survey, and now I have my data on SPSS (and all cleaned up) but when trying to run my Cronbach's alpha I have a problem. Because I have two treatments (sexualised and normal) all my ...
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Should I run measurement invariance if confirmatory factor analysis is not affirmative?

I have a repeated measures design for a Likert scale with 10 items. This scale is assumed to be unidimensional and this is one of the research questions along with the scales measurement invariance ...
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Should I use raw scores or profile scores for variables in a regression model?

I'm trying to build a regression model to predict subjective memory reports based on the following predictors: objective memory test, illness perceptions, verbal fluency, and mood. I also want to ...
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Using existing questionnaire

I will be doing my colloquium and will be using existing questionnaires. I would like to know if there are authors/authorities who say that an existing questionnaire need not be validated. The ...
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Summing up ordered items to a sum-score: implications?

It is common practice in psychology to add together ordered items to sum-scores, and then use these sum-scores for subsequent statistics. This is usually done without explicitly mentioning measurement ...
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Cronbach's alpha negative result

What should I do if I am getting negative results for Cronbach's alpha? Is there anyway to adjust it?
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Can I combine several ordinal questions to create an index and/or composite measure?

I am using a survey that contains several questions about various dimensions of performance for policy research institutes. Here, performance in the policy arena is unpacked into things like: ...
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Is it appropriate to assess internal consistency on related items measured with different response formats within the same instrument?

In my survey, I grouped 67 unique counseling techniques that I thought were related to one another (based on theory and conceptual similarity) into six "counseling domains" using fairly intuitive, ...
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IQ adaptive test items in 1pl, 2pl or 3pl IRT model?

Some adapative test systems (e.g. school assessment tools) use the 1pl IRT model, while others use the 2pl or the 3pl. When developing an adaptive IQ test, is there a rule of thumb about which model ...
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How to calculate validity of questionnaire in SPSS?

I have 3 types of questionnaires, A 15 item scale with each item on a 7-point Likert type scale. Six subscales each containing different number of items 21 subscales each containing 4 items. ...
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How to select next item in polytomous CAT / MIRT?

To make a Computerized Adaptive Test out of a sample of 20 dichotomous items a typical course of action would be to: 1) calibrate respondent data with a R package like mirt or ltm using Rasch, 2PL ...
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How can there be a standard deviation of true scores?

Dudek (1979) describes the following formula as "the standard deviation of true scores when the observed score is held constant" (p. 337): $SE_{est} = SD \sqrt{(reliability × (1 - reliability))}$ ...
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What is the reasoning behind the formulae for the different standard errors of measurement?

McManus (2012) discusses the three standard errors of measurement and provides the following definitions. $SE_{meas} = SD \sqrt{(1 - reliability)}$ The standard error of measurement is an estimate ...
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Why don't we square the reliability correlation when calculating reliable variance?

This question relates to situations where we apply some test to the same people at Time 1 and Time 2, and then calculate the correlation between scores at Time 1 and Time 2. I am reading the book ...
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how to analyze necessary/sufficient relationship?

Good day! I'm a second year psych grad student. From my fascination with formal logic, I wondered (just personal; not homework) about how to statistically establish necessary/sufficient ...