Special Issue "Learning from Psychometric Data"

A special issue of Psych (ISSN 2624-8611). This special issue belongs to the section "Psychometrics and Educational Measurement".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 October 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Michela Battauz
Guest Editor
Department of Economics and Statistics, Universtiy of Udine, 33100 Udine, Italy
Interests: measurement error models; multilevel modeling; item response models; Rasch modeling; equating; social network analysis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, technology has enhanced the possibility of collecting and analyzing high-dimensional datasets, meaning both a large number of observations and a large number of variables. The complexity of the data often requires elaborate psychometric models that involve many parameters, possibly leading to numerical instability of the estimates. This is especially true in small samples, due to the limited information available. In all cases, it is important to extract the relevant patterns and relations, disentangling them from the noise. In this respect, statistical learning approaches could be exploited to reduce the variability of the estimates or attain sparse solutions, hence improving the interpretability of the results and the predictive capacity of the model. This Special Issue of Psych aims to review the current state-of-the-art on statistical learning methods for psychometric data, propose methodological advancements, compare methods available in the literature by simulation and/or application to real data, and describe interesting case studies. This Special Issue aims to cover, without being limited to, the following areas:

  • Regularization;
  • Shrinkage methods;
  • Variable selection;
  • Classification;
  • Partitioning;
  • Ensemble methods;
  • Dimension reduction.

Dr. Michela Battauz
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Statistical learning
  • Machine learning
  • Data mining
  • Measurement
  • Psychometrics
  • Data analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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