RE: [Rasch] Separability of parameters

Snider-Lotz, Tom tsnider-lotz at
Thu Sep 28 07:03:36 EST 2006


 Hmm . . . as I understand it, most IRT models employ logistic functions
rather than normal-ogive functions because the former are easier to work
with.  Is the use of a normal-ogive model a critical piece of this --
i.e., if all IRFs were parallel, would a 3-parameter IRT model based on
a logistic function exhibit separability?


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Subject: Re: [Rasch] Separability of parameters


Separability of parameters requires that all the parameters have
sufficient statistics. This is only true of Rasch models. Other models
with parallel IRFs, such as normal-ogive models, do not have

Mike Linacre

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