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Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences

Bayesian Networks in Educational Assessment

Authors: Almond, R.G., Mislevy, R.J., Steinberg, L., Yan, D., Williamson, D.

  • Features exercises to make the material concrete
  • ECD portions of the book (Ch. 2, 12 & 13) build on work that was basis for the 2000 NCME award for Outstanding Technical Contribution to Educational Measurement received by the authors
  • Includes basic review of Bayesian probability and statistics and an introduction to Evidence-Centered Design
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About this Textbook

Bayesian inference networks, a synthesis of statistics and expert systems, have advanced reasoning under uncertainty in medicine, business, and social sciences. This innovative volume is the first comprehensive treatment exploring how they can be applied to design and analyze innovative educational assessments.

Part I develops Bayes nets’ foundations in assessment, statistics, and graph theory, and works through the real-time updating algorithm. Part II addresses parametric forms for use with assessment, model-checking techniques, and estimation with the EM algorithm and Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC). A unique feature is the volume’s grounding in Evidence-Centered Design (ECD) framework for assessment design. This “design forward” approach enables designers to take full advantage of Bayes nets’ modularity and ability to model complex evidentiary relationships that arise from performance in interactive, technology-rich assessments such as simulations. Part III describes ECD, situates Bayes nets as an integral component of a principled design process, and illustrates the ideas with an in-depth look at the BioMass project: An interactive, standards-based, web-delivered demonstration assessment of science inquiry in genetics.

This book is both a resource for professionals interested in assessment and advanced students.  Its clear exposition, worked-through numerical examples, and demonstrations from real and didactic applications provide invaluable illustrations of how to use Bayes nets in educational assessment. Exercises follow each chapter, and the online companion site provides a glossary, data sets and problem setups, and links to computational resources.

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Almond, Russell G. (et al.)

    Pages 3-18

  • An Introduction to Evidence-Centered Design

    Almond, Russell G. (et al.)

    Pages 19-40

  • Bayesian Probability and Statistics: a Review

    Almond, Russell G. (et al.)

    Pages 41-79

  • Basic Graph Theory and Graphical Models

    Almond, Russell G. (et al.)

    Pages 81-103

  • Efficient Calculations

    Almond, Russell G. (et al.)

    Pages 105-155

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eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4939-3828-5
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bayesian Networks in Educational Assessment
Authors
Series Title
Statistics for Social and Behavioral Sciences
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer-Verlag New York
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4939-2125-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4939-2125-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4939-2124-9
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4939-3828-5
Series ISSN
2199-7357
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXIII, 662
Number of Illustrations and Tables
68 b/w illustrations, 87 illustrations in colour
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