[Rasch] Rashing to judgement :>

Tim Pelton tpelton at uvic.ca
Sat Oct 22 04:55:55 EST 2005

Hi Martin,

We have developed a fairly simple program called PairWiseCompare that can be 
used to support the 
collection of data and subsequently allow for the Rasch analysis of the 
relative scale locations of these 
likert terms (actually the pairwise comparison of anything). We were intending 
on doing something very 
similar to what you are proposing - and would be happy to collaborate on this 
with you if you are 

Although I do recollect that there was some earlier works investigating the 
same issue, I think that the 
process used was ordinal only.


>===== Original Message From martin1 at cwnet.xom =====
>I am Martin Schaaf, Marriage, Family & Child Counselor.  I'm attracted to 
this list because I've 
discovered that Rasch analysis helps me decide what to believe, what tools to 
use, et cetera.
>I have some provocative questions:
>When Likart response scales were developed, they were _assumed_ to be scales, 
as best as I can tell.  
That is, "Always" was assumed to be a stronger response than "Almost Always," 
et cetera. (At the end of 
my message is a list of Likart response items culled from the Net.
>QUESTION 1:  Could Rasch analysis be used to study the Likart response items 
for scalability?  (My 
suspicion is, yes, but how?)
>QUESTION 2:  Would the scale items change with change of context?  (My 
suspicion is, Yes.)
>QUESTION 3:  Should part of test development include scaling the Likart 
response items for each test, 
perhaps even each item?  (Again, my suspicion is, Yes.)
>Regards to All,
>Martin Schaaf
>Collected Likart Response Items:
>Completely Agree, Agree Very Strongly, Agree Strongly, Strongly Agree, Agree 
Moderately, Slightly 
Agree, Agree Slightly, Mostly Agree, Agree, Tend to Agree, Not Sure, 
Undecided, Tend to Disagree, 
Disagree, Mostly Disagree, Disagree Strongly, Disagree Very Strongly, 
Completely Disagree
>Always, Almost Always, Very Frequently,  To a Considerable Degree, A Great 
Deal, Much, Frequently, 
Usually, Sometimes, Occasionally, About Half the Time, Little, Seldom, Rarely, 
Very Rarely, Never
>Extremely Important, Very Important, Important, Moderately Important, Of 
Little Importance, 
Unimportant, Extremely Unimportant
>Excellent, Very Good, Good, Above Average, Barely Acceptable, Average, Fair, 
Below Average, Poor, 
Very Poor, Extremely Poor
>True of Myself, Definitely, Almost Always True, Usually True, Mostly True of 
Myself, Very Probably, To 
a Great Extent, Like Me, Often True, Probably, Possibly, Somewhat, Very 
Little, About Halfway True of 
Myself, Occasionally True, Probably Not, Sometimes But Infrequently True, 
Slightly True Of Myself, 
Usually Not True, Unlike Me, Very Probably Not, Almost Never True, Not at All 
True of Myself, Not at All
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