When Cognitive Diagnosis Meets Computerized Adaptive Testing: CD-CAT
- ISSN: 00333123
- DOI: 10.1007/s11336-009-9123-2
Computerized adaptive testing (CAT) is a mode of testing which enables more efficient and accurate recovery of one or more latent traits. Traditionally, CAT is built upon Item Response Theory (IRT) models that assume unidimensionality. However, the problem of how to build CAT upon latent class models (LCM) has not been investigated until recently, when Tatsuoka (J. R. Stat. Soc., Ser. C, Appl. Stat. 51:337350, 2002) and Tatsuoka and Ferguson (J. R. Stat., Ser. B 65:143157, 2003) established a general theorem on the asymptotically optimal sequential selection of experiments to classify finite, partially ordered sets. Xu, Chang, and Douglas (Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Council on Measurement in Education, Montreal, Canada, 2003) then tested two heuristics in a simulation study based on Tatsuokas theoretical work in the context of computerized adaptive testing. One of the heuristics was developed based on and the other based on Shannon entropy. In this paper, we showcase the application of the optimal sequential selection methodology in item selection of CAT that is built upon cognitive diagnostic models. Two new heuristics are proposed, and are compared against the randomized item selection method and the two heuristics investigated in Xu et al. (Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Council on Measurement in Education, Montreal, Canada, 2003). Finally, we show the connection between the KullbackLeibler-information-based approaches and the Shannonentropy- based approach, as well as the connection between algorithms built upon LCM and those built upon IRT models.