John Michael Linacre, Ph.D.
Research Director, Winsteps.com

Mike Linacre with Robbi the wallaby joey
Mike is also a "wild-carer", shown here with Robbie, a baby wallaby.

Dr. "Mike" Linacre is the Research Director of Winsteps.com. He was formerly Director of the MESA Psychometric Laboratory at the University of Chicago and has held many positions in academia. He has taught the principles and practice of Rasch measurement since the 1980s, much of that time in close collaboration with Prof. Benjamin D. Wright, who was the internationally-recognized leading proponent of Rasch methodology from 1967 to 2001.

Mike is the developer of two leading Rasch software titles, Winsteps and Facets. These originated in the MicroScale Rasch analysis program, the first commercially-published Rasch software for a PC, developed in collaboration with Ben Wright in 1984. An innovation in that software was the robust handling of missing data. Mike had programmed digital and analog computers since 1965. His first instruction in computer programming was by Sir Maurice Wilkes at Cambridge University. Wilkes wrote the world's first book on computer programming in 1951.

Mike was Editor of Rasch Measurement Transactions from 1989-2012. He has authored 200 Journal articles and Conference papers. His research interests include the measurement of health outcomes and educational testing. Mike is active in Rasch research and software development.

But, beyond all these, he sees Rasch measurement as the road ahead in Social and many other Sciences. At one time "long division" was a University topic. Now it is taught in Grade School. Rasch Measurement is the modern "long division". Visionaries, such as Dr. Linacre's long-time teacher and colleague, Ben Wright, perceive that the way ahead in science is to think clearly. Non-linear numbers are inevitably confusing - only experts can do "Richter Scale" arithmetic. Additive, equal-interval, linear numbers, the forté of Rasch measurement, lead naturally to clarity of thought. And with clarity, we can make progress (and make money!).

For more of Dr. Linacre's publications see Google Scholar.

Mike Linacre is also active in Music: Software Development, Composition and Recital.


Mike Linacre top center Staff of Suzann Campbell's baby-measuring project. Mike Linacre is top center. See RMT 10:2.

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Rasch Publications
Rasch Measurement Transactions (free, online) Rasch Measurement research papers (free, online) Probabilistic Models for Some Intelligence and Attainment Tests, Georg Rasch
Applying the Rasch Model 2nd. Ed., Bond & Fox (Winsteps) Best Test Design, Wright & Stone Rating Scale Analysis, Wright & Masters
Rasch Analysis in the Human Sciences, W. Boone, J. Staver, M. Yale Introduction to Many-Facet Rasch Measurement, Thomas Eckes (Facets) Invariant Measurement: Using Rasch Models in the Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, George Engelhard, Jr. (Facets)
Statistical Analyses for Language Testers, Rita Green (Winsteps, Facets) Rasch Models: Foundations, Recent Developments, and Applications, Fischer & Molenaar Journal of Applied Measurement
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Coming Rasch-related Events
Oct. 31 - Nov. 28, 2014, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Rasch Applications, Part 2: Clinical Assessment, Survey Research, and Educational Measurement (W. Fisher), www.statistics.com
Nov. 14, 2014, Fri. In-person workshop: IX Workshop on Rasch Models in Business Administration, Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain, www.institutos.ull.es/viewcontent/institutos/iude/46416/es
Nov. 30, 2014, Sun. Submission deadline: 6th Rasch Conference: Sixth International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement in Education, Psychology, Social Science and Health, Cape Town, South Africa www.rasch.co.za/conference.php
Dec. 3-5, 2014, Wed.-Fri. In-person workshop: Introductory Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
Jan. 2-30, 2015, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
Jan. 12-14, 2015, Mon.-Wed. 6th Rasch Conference: Sixth International Conference on Probabilistic Models for Measurement in Education, Psychology, Social Science and Health, Cape Town, South Africa www.rasch.co.za/conference.php
March 11-13, 2015, Wed.-Fri. In-person workshop: Introductory Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
March 20, 2015, Fri. UK Rasch User Group Meeting, London, United Kingdom, www.rasch.org.uk
March 26-27, 2015, Thur.-Fri. In-person workshop: Introduction to Rasch Measurement with Winsteps (W. Boone), Cincinnati, raschmeasurementanalysis.com
April 16-20, 2015, Thurs.-Mon. AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago IL www.aera.net
April 21-22, 2015, Tues.-Wed. IOMC 2015: International Outcomes Measurement Conference, Chicago IL www.jampress.org
May 13-15, 2015, Wed.-Fri. In-person workshop: Introductory Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
May 18-20, 2015, Mon.-Wed. In-person workshop: Intermediate Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
May 29 - June 26, 2015, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
July 3-31, 2015, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Further Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
Aug. 14 - Sept. 11, 2015, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Many-Facet Rasch Measurement (E. Smith, Facets), www.statistics.com
Sept. 9-11, 2015, Wed.-Fri. In-person workshop: Introductory Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
Sept. 14-16, 2015, Mon.-Wed. In-person workshop: Intermediate Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
Sept. 17-18, 2015, Thur.-Fri. In-person workshop: Advanced Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
Oct. 16 - Nov. 13, 2015, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Practical Rasch Measurement - Core Topics (E. Smith, Winsteps), www.statistics.com
Sept. 4 - Oct. 16, 2015, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Rasch Applications, Part 1: How to Construct a Rasch Scale (W. Fisher), www.statistics.com
Oct. 23 - Nov. 20, 2015, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Rasch Applications, Part 2: Clinical Assessment, Survey Research, and Educational Measurement (W. Fisher), www.statistics.com
Dec. 2-4, 2015, Wed.-Fri. In-person workshop: Introductory Rasch (A. Tennant, RUMM), Leeds, UK, www.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/rehabmed/psychometric
Aug. 12 - Sept. 9, 2016, Fri.-Fri. On-line workshop: Many-Facet Rasch Measurement (E. Smith, Facets), www.statistics.com
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