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CN 11-1911/B

›› 2009, Vol. 41 ›› Issue (02): 175-181.

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Modification of Tatsuoka’s Q Matrix Theory

DING Shu-Liang;ZHU Yu-Fang;LIN Hai-Jing;CAI Yan   

  1. Computer Information Engineering College of Jiangxi Normal University, Nanchang 330027, China
  • Received:2007-10-24 Revised:1900-01-01 Published:2009-02-28 Online:2009-02-28
  • Contact: DING Shu-Liang

Abstract: In Tatsuoka’s Rule Space Model (RSM) and in Attribute Hierarchy Method (AHM) (Leighton et al.,2004), attributes and hierarchy serve as the most important input variables to the model because they provide the basis for interpreting the results in this approach to psychometric modeling (Gierl, et al., 2000).The hierarchical relation among the attributes is represented by adjacency matrix. From the adjacency matrix, the reachability matrix could be derived, which may then play an important role for deriving the reduced Q matrix (Gierl, et al., 2000). The reduced Q matrix is used to derive the examinee’s knowledge state vector, which is a core concept in the Rule Space Model.
In this paper, some flaws of Tatsuoka’s Q matrix theory (1991, 1995) are discussed, and some remedies are proposed, especially through a series of new algorithms. These algorithms are useful in the Rule Space Model and in the Attribute Hierarchy Model to construct a Q matrix when the reachability matrix is given, and are useful to calculate the ideal/expected response patterns without using the Boolean Descriptive Function. These algorithms demonstrate two facts: firstly, the reachability matrix is the most important tool in constructing a cognitive test, and could help increase the diagnosis accuracy; secondly, use of these algorithms can remedy the flaws in the Tatsuoka’s Q matrix theory. Furthermore, the new algorithms have other advantages, such as that they reduce computational burden for some complicated tasks requiring heavy numerical operations. Hence, the proposed methods in the paper may enrich the applications of the Q matrix theory

Key words: rule space model, attribute hierarchy model, Q matrix theory, ideal response pattern, augment algorithm

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