[Rasch] Average inmnsq?

rsmith rsmith at jampress.org
Thu Dec 16 01:24:59 EST 2010

No doubt that you can calculate a mean, but then the interpretation of the mean is a bit treacherous.  With a number that is bounded by zero at the lower end and infinity at the upper end a change of .05 does not mean the same thing above and below 1.0 (the expected value).

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-------- Original Message --------
> From: Mike Linacre <rmt at rasch.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 2010 8:31 PM
> To: rasch at acer.edu.au
> Subject: Re: [Rasch] Average inmnsq?
> Stuart:
> Each mean-square is derived from an empirical variance divided by a model 
> variance.
> So, if the mean-squares are based on roughly the same number of 
> observations, and we compute their arithmetic mean, then we obtain a 
> usefully approximate average of them.
> OK?
> Mike L.
> At 12/14/2010, you wrote:
> >A quick question I have: Is it appropriate to calculate average infit
> >mean-squares, or do I need to square them first, combine then and then
> >take the square root?
> Mike Linacre
> Editor, Rasch Measurement Transactions
> rmt at rasch.org www.rasch.org/rmt/ Latest RMT:  24:3 Winter 2010
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