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Statistical Methods for the Evaluation of Educational Services and Quality of Products [electronic resource] / edited by Paola Monari, Matilde Bini, Domenico Piccolo, Luigi Salmaso.

Contributor(s): Monari, Paola [editor.] | Bini, Matilde [editor.] | Piccolo, Domenico [editor.] | Salmaso, Luigi [editor.] | SpringerLink (Online service).
Material type: TextTextSeries: Contributions to Statistics: Publisher: Heidelberg : Physica-Verlag HD : Imprint: Physica, 2009Description: XV, 243 p. online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9783790823851.Subject(s): Social sciences -- Methodology | Distribution (Probability theory | Statistics | Educational tests and measuremen | Methodology of the Social Sciences | Mathematical Modeling and Industrial Mathematics | Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes | Statistics for Social Science, Behavorial Science, Education, Public Policy, and Law | Assessment, Testing and EvaluationAdditional physical formats: Printed edition:: No title; Printed edition:: No title; Printed edition:: No titleDDC classification: 300.1 Online resources: Click here to access online
Contents:
Latent variable models for ordinal data -- Issues on item response theory modelling -- Nonlinearity in the analysis of longitudinal data -- Multilevel models for the evaluation of educational institutions: a review -- Multilevel mixture factor models for the evaluation of educational programs#x2019; effectiveness -- A class of statistical models for evaluating services and performances -- Choices and conjoint analysis: critical aspects and recent developments -- Robust diagnostics in university performance studies -- A novel global performance score with an application to the evaluation of new detergents -- Nonparametric tests for the randomized complete block design with ordered categorical variables -- A permutation test for umbrella alternatives -- Nonparametric methods for measuring concordance between rankings: a case study on the evaluation of professional profiles of municipal directors.
In: Springer eBooksSummary: The book presents statistical methods and models that can usefully support the evaluation of educational services and quality of products. The evaluation of educational services, as well as the analysis of judgments and preferences, poses severe methodological challenges because of the presence of the following aspects: the observational nature of the context, which is associated with the problems of selection bias and presence of nuisance factors; the hierarchical structure of the data (multilevel analysis); the multivariate and qualitative nature of the dependent variable; the presence of non observable factors, e.g. the satisfaction, calling for the use of latent variables models; the simultaneous presence of components of pleasure and components of uncertainty in the explication of the judgments, that asks for the specification and estimation of mixture models. The contributions concern methodological advances developed mostly with reference to specific problems of evaluation using real data sets.
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Latent variable models for ordinal data -- Issues on item response theory modelling -- Nonlinearity in the analysis of longitudinal data -- Multilevel models for the evaluation of educational institutions: a review -- Multilevel mixture factor models for the evaluation of educational programs#x2019; effectiveness -- A class of statistical models for evaluating services and performances -- Choices and conjoint analysis: critical aspects and recent developments -- Robust diagnostics in university performance studies -- A novel global performance score with an application to the evaluation of new detergents -- Nonparametric tests for the randomized complete block design with ordered categorical variables -- A permutation test for umbrella alternatives -- Nonparametric methods for measuring concordance between rankings: a case study on the evaluation of professional profiles of municipal directors.

The book presents statistical methods and models that can usefully support the evaluation of educational services and quality of products. The evaluation of educational services, as well as the analysis of judgments and preferences, poses severe methodological challenges because of the presence of the following aspects: the observational nature of the context, which is associated with the problems of selection bias and presence of nuisance factors; the hierarchical structure of the data (multilevel analysis); the multivariate and qualitative nature of the dependent variable; the presence of non observable factors, e.g. the satisfaction, calling for the use of latent variables models; the simultaneous presence of components of pleasure and components of uncertainty in the explication of the judgments, that asks for the specification and estimation of mixture models. The contributions concern methodological advances developed mostly with reference to specific problems of evaluation using real data sets.

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