posteriorKL {catSurv}R Documentation

Expected Kullback-Leibler Information, Weighted by the Prior


Calculates the expected Kullback-Leibler information, weighted by likelihood and prior beliefs, for a specified item.


posteriorKL(catObj, item)



An object of class Cat


An integer indicating the index of the question item


The function posteriorKL calculates the expected Kullback-Leibler information for question item, where the proposed values of the true ability parameter are weighted by the prior.

This function involves integration. See Note for more information.


The function posteriorKL returns a numeric indicating the expected Kullback-Leibler information weighted by the likelihood for the specified item, given the current answer profile and ability parameter estimate.


This function is to allow users to access the internal functions of the package. During item selection, all calculations are done in compiled C++ code.

This function uses adaptive quadrature methods from the GNU Scientific Library (GSL) to approximate single-dimensional integrals with high accuracy. The bounds of integration are determined by the lowerBound and upperBound slots of the Cat object.


Haley Acevedo, Ryden Butler, Josh W. Cutler, Matt Malis, Jacob M. Montgomery, Tom Wilkinson, Erin Rossiter, Min Hee Seo, Alex Weil

See Also

expectedKL, likelihoodKL, selectItem


## Loading ltm Cat object

## Store example answers
setAnswers(ltm_cat) <- c(1,0,1,0,1, rep(NA, 35))

## Estimate EPV for different unasked items
posteriorKL(ltm_cat, item = 10)
posteriorKL(ltm_cat, item = 20)
posteriorKL(ltm_cat, item = 30)

[Package catSurv version 1.4.0 Index]