XFILE= analyzed response file 
If XFILE=filename is specified in the control file, a file is output which enables a detailed analysis of individual response anomalies.
XFILE=? opens a Browse window
This file contains 4 heading lines (unless HLINES=N) followed by one line for each personbyitem response used in the estimation. Each line contains:
Field number 
Description 
Number Format 
Abbreviation 
1 
Person number 
7.0 
PERSON 
2 
Item number 
7.0 
ITEM 
3 
4.0 
OBS 

4 
Response value (after scoring and recounting. This usually only happens for rating scales with unobserved intermediate categories and STKEEP=NO.) 
4.0 
ORD 
5 
Expected response value. For dichotomous items, probability of success. This is computed from the measures without correction by STBIAS=. If you want to see the values with STBIAS=YES, then: 1. Perform the analysis with STBIAS=YES 2. Output IFILE=if.txt PFILE=PF.txt SFILE=sf.txt 3. Perform the analysis again with STBIAS=NO IAFILE=if.txt PAFILE=pf.txt SAFILE=sf.txt 
7.3 
EXPECT 
6 
Modeled Variance of observed values around the expected value This is also the statistical information in the observation. Square root (modeled variance) is the observation's rawscore standard deviation 
7.3 
VARIAN 
7 
Standardized residual: (Observed  Expected)/Square root (Variance). This approximates a unitnormal deviate. Values outside ±2 are unexpected. 
7.3 
ZSCORE 
8 
Score residual: (Observed  Expected) 
7.3 
RESIDL 
9 
Person measure in USCALE= units 
7.2* 
PERMEA 
10 
Item measure in USCALE= units 
7.2* 
ITMMEA 
11 
Measure difference (Person measure  Item measure) in USCALE= units 
7.2* 
MEASDF 
12 
LogProbability of observed response. These can be summed for the LogLikelihood ChiSquare, Akaike Information Criterion (AIC), and Bayesian Information Criterion (BIC), etc. 
7.3 
LPROB 
13 
Predicted person measure from this response alone in USCALE= units 
7.2* 
PPMEAS 
14 
Predicted item measure from this response alone in USCALE= units 
7.2* 
PIMEAS 
15 
Modeled Kurtosis of the observed values around their expectation 
7.3 
KURT 
16 
More Probable of the Responses to be observed 
4.0 
MPR 
17 
Response weight (person weight x item weight) 
7.3 
WEIGHT 
18 
Response status: 0 = Not scored, 1 = Standard, 2 = in Extreme person score, 3 = in Extreme item score, 4 = in Extreme person and item scores 
2.0 
ST 
19 
Response code in data file 
A 
CODE 
20 
Person label 
A 
PLABEL 
21 
Item label 
A 
ILABEL 
7.3 means "7 columns with 3 decimal places". 2* means Decimal Places set by the XFILE= dialog box from the Output Files menu or UDECIM= if not set.. A means alphanumeric character field 
Fields can be selected interactively and the default field selection changed at XFILE= dialog box.
If CSV=Y, the values are separated by commas. When CSV=T, the commas are replaced by tab characters. For "nonnumeric values in quotation marks", specify QUOTED=Y.
This file enables a detailed analysis of individual response anomalies. The response residual can be analyzed in three forms:
1) in responselevel score units, from [(observed value  expected value)].
2) in logits, from [(observed value  expected value)/variance].
3) in standard units, [(observed value  expected value)/(square root of variance)].
The logprobabilities can be summed to construct loglikelihood and chisquare tests. Asymptotically, "chisquare = 2*loglikelihood".
Predicted person measure: Imagine that this observation was the only observation made for the person ... this value is the measure we would predict for that person given the item measure.
Predicted item measure: Imagine that this observation is the only observation made for this item ... this value is the measure we would predict for that item given the person measure.
The formulas are the same as for a response string of more than 1 observation. For dichotomies, see www.rasch.org/rmt/rmt102t.htm and for polytomies www.rasch.org/rmt/rmt122q.htm
Example 1: You wish to write a file on disk called "MYDATA.XF" containing responselevel information for use in examining particularly response patterns:
XFILE=MYDATA.XF
Example 2: You wish to compute differential item functioning, DIF, for a specific classification group of people:
If Table 30 is not suitable, here is a simple approximation:
Since one item does not have enough information to measure a person, for item bias we have to do it on the basis of a classification group of people.
From the XFILE,
add the "score residuals" (not standardized) for everyone in classification "A" on a particular item.
Add the "modeled variance" for everyone in the classification.
Divide the residual sum by the variance sum. This gives an estimate of the DIF for classification "A" relative to the grand mean measure.
Do the same for classification "B" on the same item.
To contrast classification "A" with classification "B" then
DIF size "AB" =DIF estimate for "A"  DIF estimate for "B"
A significance ttest is t =DIF size "AB" / square root ( 1/variance sum for classification A + 1/variance sum for classification B))
Example 3: You want to convert lucky guesses into missing data for some items.
Click on Output Files menu
Click on XFILE=
In the XFILE= Fields dialog box, type the Item numbers you want.
Click on OK
Output to Excel (Temporary file)
Sort the Excel file on Residual
The largest positive residuals are the lucky guesses
Rectangular Copy the person entry numbers and the item entry numbers into your Winsteps control file:
person item . ; the . is to indicate "make this response missing data"
person item . ; the . is to indicate "make this response missing data"
person item . ; the . is to indicate "make this response missing data"
*
Save your Winsteps control file.
In the next analysis these unexpected correct responses will be scored as missing. The raw scores will also change.
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