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Lab 4: Alpha and Standard Error of Measurement. Reliability. Reliability refers to consistency Types of reliability estimates Test-retest reliability Interobserver (or interrater) reliability Internal consistency Alpha measures the consistency of responses across items.

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## Lab 4: Alpha and Standard Error of Measurement

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**Reliability**• Reliability refers to consistency • Types of reliability estimates • Test-retest reliability • Interobserver (or interrater) reliability • Internal consistency • Alpha measures the consistency of responses across items**Calculating Alpha of the Extraversion Scale by Hand**• k: number of items Extraversion scale: k = 10 • rij: average inter-item correlation Extraversion scale: rij = .46 • How large would alpha be if the scale had 16 items?**Calculating Alpha of theExtraversion Scale for the Time 2**IPIP • SPSS: Analyze Scale Reliability Analysis • Put the following items in the items box: • e1_t2, e2_r_t2, e3_t2, e4_r_t2, e5_t2, e6_r_t2, e7_t2, e8_r_t2, e9_t2, & e10_r_t2 • Make sure you use the reverse scored items! • Click on Statistics • Inter-Item: Correlations • Summaries: Correlations • Then hit Continue • Then click OK**Questions to Answer from Output**• 1. What was the average inter-item correlation? • 2. How many items are on the scale? • 3. What was the standardized alpha?**Calculating Alphas for theother four scales (A, C, N, and O)**• Agreeableness: a1_r_t2, a2_t2, a3_r_t2, a4_t2, a5_r_t2, a6_t2, a7_r_t2, a8_t2, a9_t2, & a10_t2 • Conscientiousness: c1_t2, c2_r_t2, c3_t2, c4_r_t2, c5_t2, c6_r_t2, c7_t2, c8_r_t2, c9_t2, & c10_t2 • Neuroticism: n1_t2, n2_r_t2, n3_t2, n4_r_t2, n5_t2, n6_t2, n7_t2, n8_t2, n9_t2, & n10_t2 • Openness: o1_t2, o2_r_t2, o3_t2, o4_r_t2, o5_t2, o6_r_t2, o7_t2, o8_t2, o9_t2, & o10_t2**What happens if you forget to reverse score the items?**• Calculate alpha for the Extraversion scale again, but now use the following items: • e1_t2, e2_t2, e3_t2, e4_t2, e5_t2, e6_t2, e7_t2, e8_t2, e9_t2, & e10_t2 • What is the new alpha? • How can you tell that you did something wrong?**What happens if you calculate alpha of two scales at the**same time? • Calculate alpha for the following eight items: • e1_t2, e2_r_t2, e3_t2, e5_t2 (Extraversion items) • c1_t2, c3_t2, c5_t2, c7_t2 (Conscientiousness items) • Can you interpret your result? What might clue you into your mistake? • Remember: Alpha does not indicate unidimensionality!**Standard Error of Measurement**• Standard deviation of the error around any individual’s true score • If a student were to take the same test repeatedly, with no change in his level of knowledge and preparation, it is possible that some of the resulting scores would be slightly higher or slightly lower than the score that precisely reflects the student’s actual level of knowledge and ability. • The difference between a student’s actual score and his highest or lowest hypothetical score is known as the standarderror of measurement.**Standard Error of Measurement**• False Negative • A small percentage of students may score lower than anticipated on a test • False Positive • A small percentage of students may score higher than otherwise would have been expected**Standard Error of Measurement**• Using a reliability coefficient and the test’s standard deviation, we can calculate this value: • Where: • sx = the standard deviation for the test • rxx = the reliability coefficient (alpha) for the test**Standard Error of Measurement**• Standard Error of Measurement for Agreeableness Scale • To obtain rxx: Repeat steps from earlier in Lab • Analyze Scale Reliability Analysis • Enter all Agreeableness items for Time 2 • Click on Statistics • Inter-Item: Correlations • Summaries: Correlations • Then hit Continue • Then click OK**Standard Error of Measurement**• To obtain standard deviation: • Analyze Descriptive Descriptives • Enter a_t2 (non-standardized) • Check standard deviation in options • Click Ok • Hence: • SEM= .55√ 1-.86 = .20**SEM Confidence Interval**• 96% Confidence: • Z = 2.0 • 68% Confidence: • Z = 1.0 • 96% Band = Score (2 *SEM) • CI = 4 (2 * .20) = 3.6 - 4.4 • 68% Band = Score (1 *SEM) • CI = 4 (.20) = 3.8 – 4.2**Homework Questions 1 & 2**1. Report the standardized alphas for all five IPIP scales at Time 2. Also report the average inter-item correlation and number of items. (2 point) 2. Imagine that the average inter-item correlation for a scale is .40. Compute the standardized alphas for tests with the following numbers of items: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25. (3 points)**Homework Questions 3 & 4**3. Report the SEM for all 5 IPIP scales at Time 2 with interpretation. (3 points) 4. Report the confidence interval for the mean conscientiousness at time 2 at the 96% CI with interpretation. (2pts.)

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