Semiparametric estimation in the Rasch model

R.J.H. Engelen

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A method for estimating the parameters of the Rasch model is examined. The unknown quantities in this method are the item parameters and the distribution function of the latent trait over the population. In this sense, the method is equivalent to marginal maximum likelihood estimation. The new procedure is based on a method suggested by J. Kiefer and J. Wolfowitz (1956). Their conclusions are reviewed, and links to the Rasch model are specified. In marginal maximum likelihood estimation, the item parameters are estimated first, and then the prior distribution of the person parameters is estimated using these estimates. The proposed method illustrates that it is possible to estimate these two quantities together and arrive at consistent estimates.
Original languageUndefined
Place of PublicationEnschede, the Netherlands
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Faculty Educational Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 1987

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NameOMD research report
PublisherUniversity of Twente, Faculty of Educational Science and Technology


  • Latent Trait Theory
  • Secondary Education
  • Secondary School Students
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Mathematical Models
  • Foreign Countries
  • Estimation (Mathematics)
  • Equations (Mathematics)
  • IR-104191
  • Maximum Likelihood Statistics

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