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Einstein, measurement, and prediction

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Department of Emergency Medicine

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Mental and Social Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Delgado-Gomez et al. (2016) have provided an interesting example of the comparison of computerized adaptive testing (CAT) based on unidimensional item response theory (IRT) and a machine learning approach based on decision trees (DT) in the prediction of people who have a history of suicide attempts. ... In the following we attempt to better articulate the differences between the two statistical approaches so that practitioners and consumers of these methods will have a better understanding of their utilities.

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Citation: J Affect Disord. 2016 Dec 21. pii: S0165-0327(16)31946-2. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.12.016. [Epub ahead of print] Link to article on publisher's site

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Journal of affective disorders

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