Item response theory in the production of indicators of socioeconomic metropolitan region of Maringá, Paraná State, Brazil - doi: 10.4025/actascitechnol.v34i4.10478

Vanessa Rufino da Silva, Isolde Terezinha Santos Previdelli


This study aimed to identify and produce through models of Item Response Theory (IRT) a socio-economic indicator based in the items observed in 2000 Census, following the methodology by Soares (2005). By the IRT Methodology, this indicator, as a latent variable, is obtained through the construction of specific models and scales, making it possible to measure this variable, which according to Andrade et al. (2000), IRT analyzes each item which compose the measuring instrument. This case consists of binary or dichotomous items, which assess the possession of certain assets of domestic comfort. The characteristics of each item were analyzed, as the ability to discrimination and income necessary for the possession of certain property. It was concluded that with 13 items, a trustworthy questionnaire can be done for the construction of a socioeconomic index of Maringa’s metropolitan region.


latent variable; microdata 2000 Census; trustworthy questionnaire

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