Parallel Computing with a Bayesian Item Response Model


Item response theory (IRT) is a modern test theory that has been used in various aspects of educational and psychological measurement. The fully Bayesian approach shows promise for estimating IRT models. Given that it is computation- ally expensive, the procedure is limited in practical applications. It is hence important to seek ways to reduce the execution time. A suitable solution is the use of high performance computing. This study focuses on the fully Bayesian algorithm for a conventional IRT model so that it can be implemented on a high performance parallel machine. Empirical results suggest that this parallel version of the algorithm achieves a considerable speedup and thus reduces the execution time considerably.

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K. Patsias, M. Rahimi, Y. Sheng and S. Rahimi, "Parallel Computing with a Bayesian Item Response Model," American Journal of Computational Mathematics, Vol. 2 No. 2, 2012, pp. 65-71. doi: 10.4236/ajcm.2012.22009.

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