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Course module: 202200006
Psychometrics and Data Science
Course info
Course module202200006
Credits (ECTS)5
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Contact B.P. Veldkamp
Contactperson for the course
M.E. van der Velde
M.E. van der Velde
Contactperson for the course B.P. Veldkamp
Examiner B.P. Veldkamp
Academic year2022
Starting block
Application procedureYou apply via OSIRIS Student
Registration using OSIRISYes

The second part of this course is about the entanglement of psychometrics and data science. Most psychometric models are designed to estimate ability levels based on dichotomous or polytomous response data. With other data sources available, like for example textual data, videos or logfiles, the question arises how these sources of information can be used to get insight in the ability levels of the students. Therefore, new models from the field of data science can be applied.
Text mining and machine learning models will be studied as new ways to measure individual traits. State of the art tools will be applied to handle various data sources.  Finally, the integration of psychometrics and data science is studied. One approach to combine them is to develop a kind of architecture where both kinds of models are treated as different modalities that provide information about the same latent variables. A different approach is to combine these new types of measurement with item response theory within a Bayesian framework.

Assumed previous knowledge
The student has successfully completed the following courses:
• MA: MSBBSS02 Multivariate statistics
• MA: MSBBSS04 Comp. inference with R
• MA: MSBBSS03 Fundamentals of statistics
Required materials
James, G., Witten, D., Hastie, T., & Tibshirani, R. (2021). An Introduction to Statistical learning. Main book of the course. Can be downloaded from: An Introduction to Statistical Learning (
Selected course readings (via Canvas): He, Q., Veldkamp, B. P., Glas, C. A., & Van Den Berg, S. M. (2019). Combining text mining of long constructed responses and item-based measures: A hybrid test design to screen for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Frontiers in psychology, 10, 2358.
Recommended materials
Instructional modes
Presence dutyYes

Self study without assistance

Presence dutyYes


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