Modeling nonignorable missing responses in cognitive diagnostic models

Xiaomin LI, Wen Chung WANG, Kuan Yu JIN

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In educational and psychological assessment, missing data often occur and usually are not ignorable. The non-ignorable missing data mechanism must be modeled to reduce the biased parameter estimates. This study aims to develop a class of cognitive diagnostic models (CDMs) to account for non-ignorable missing data. By forming a joint model for the response data and missing data, the missing mechanism can be well considered under CDMs. Simulation results showed that, parameters were recovered fairly well with missing models. Although treating missing data as ignorable did no harm in the item parameter estimation, it yielded lower correct classification rates on the latent profiles than when the missing data mechanism was properly considered.


Conference2014 Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association: "The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy"
Abbreviated titleAERA 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Internet address


Li, X., Wang, W.-C., & Jin, K.-Y. (2014, April). Modeling nonignorable missing responses in cognitive diagnostic models. Paper presented at the 2014 AERA Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


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