, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 69–81 | Cite as

Sufficient statistics and latent trait models

  • Erling B. Andersen


For questionnaires with two answer categories, it has been proven in complete generality that if a minimal sufficient statistic exists for the individual parameter and if it is the same statistic for all values of the item parameters, then the raw score (or the number of correct answers) is the minimal sufficient statistic. It follows that the model must by of the Rasch type with logistic item characteristic curves and equal item-discriminating powers.

This paper extends these results to multiple choice questionnaires. It is shown that the minimal sufficient statistic for the individual parameter is a function of the so-called score vector. It is also shown that the so-called equidistant scoring is the only scoring of a questionnaire that allows for a real valued sufficient statistic that is independent of the item parameters, if a certain ordering property for the sufficient statistic holds.

Key words

logistic latent trait minimal sufficient statistic Rasch model equidistant scoring sufficiency 


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© Psychometric Society 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erling B. Andersen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of StatisticsUniversity of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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