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Wainer, Howard

Works: 152 works in 487 publications in 4 languages and 11,199 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other
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Most widely held works by Howard Wainer
Graphic discovery : a trout in the milk and other visual adventures by Howard Wainer( )

26 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,890 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In an illustrated story of invention and inventor that mixes science and politics, intrigue and scandal, revolution and shopping, Howard Wainer validates Thoreau's observation that circumstantial evidence can be quite convincing, as when you find a trout in the milk." "The story really begins with the eighteenth-century origins of the art, logic, and methods of data display, which emerged, full-grown, in William Playfair's landmark 1786 trade atlas of England and Wales. The remarkable Scot singlehandedly popularized the atheoretical plotting of data to reveal suggestive patterns - an achievement that foretold the graphic explosion of the nineteenth century, with atlases published across the observational sciences as the language of science moved from words to pictures."--Jacket
Uneducated guesses : using evidence to uncover misguided education policies by Howard Wainer( )

15 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 1,521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Exposes today's educational policies to the light of empirical evidence, and offers solutions for more fair and viable future policies
Computerized adaptive testing : a primer by Howard Wainer( )

23 editions published between 1990 and 2014 in English and held by 1,292 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This primer presents an introduction to all of the key ingredients in understanding computerized adaptive testing - technology, test development, statistics, and mental test theory. Based on years of research, this book educates the novice and serves as a compendium of state-of-the-art information for professionals interested in computerized testing in the areas of education, psychology, and other related social sciences. A hypothetical test, taken as a prelude to employment, is used as a common example throughout to highlight the book's most important features and problems."--Jacket
Test scoring by David Thissen( )

17 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in English and Italian and held by 966 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Test Scoring provides a summary of traditional true score test theory and modern item response theory related to scoring tests, as well as novel developments resulting from the integration of these approaches. The background material introduced in the first four chapters builds a foundation for the new developments covered in later chapters. These new methods offer alternative psychometric approaches to scoring complex assessments. Each of the book's contributors draws from the classic literature of traditional test theory, as well as psychometric developments of the past decade. The emphasis is on large-scale educational measurement but the topics and procedures may be applied broadly within many measurement contexts. Numerous graphs and illustrative examples based on real tests and actual data are integrated throughout. This multi-authored volume shows the reader how to combine the coded outcomes on individual test items into a numerical summary about the examinee's performance. This book is intended for researchers and students in education and other social sciences interested in educational assessment and policy, the design and development of tests, and the procedures for test administration and scoring. Prerequisites include an introduction to educational and psychological measurement and basic statistics. Knowledge of differential and integral calculus and matrix algebra is helpful but not required
Visual revelations : graphical tales of fate and deception from Napoleon Bonaparte to Ross Perot by Howard Wainer( Book )

32 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 688 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book takes the reader on an eye-opening tour of the methods and history of presenting data by visual means, showing the reader how to be both a better producer and consumer of graphics. Visual Revelations sheds light on how well-done graphic representations illuminate subtle and significant elements of the information they represent, how poorly conceived graphical devices can misrepresent and distort facts and data, and how cleverly designed displays can be potent tools for manipulating the viewer's perception and opinion
Test validity by Howard Wainer( Book )

20 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 569 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is divided into three sections: The first is concerned with the historical and epistemological bases of validity, as well as current and future issues. Section II, The "Changing Faces of Validity," discusses the potential impact that developments in cognitive psychology and computer technology might have on the makeup and administration of tests. These essays point to changes in the validity criteria as well as methodology of measurement. Section III, "Testing Validity in Specific Subpopulations," examines the questions of validity in the testing of particular groups of individuals. Specifically considered are people with handicaps and members of linguistic minorities. In addition there are two methodological chapters which describe the latest developments in the assessment of differential item functioning. The last section, "Statistical Innovations in Validity Assessment," describes new methods of analysis that allow investigators to look more deeply into the validity question
Drawing inferences from self-selected samples by Howard Wainer( Book )

21 editions published between 1981 and 2013 in English and German and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume serves as a guide to research in the area of drawing inferences from self-selected samples. Of interest to prof audience of policy makers, survey researchrs, pollsters, market researchrs, statisticians, demographers, economists & sociologists
Picturing the uncertain world : how to understand, communicate, and control uncertainty through graphical display by Howard Wainer( Book )

12 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 439 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the publisher. This book explores how graphs can serve as maps to guide us when the information we have is ambiguous or incomplete. Using a visually diverse sampling of graphical display, from heartrending autobiographical displays of genocide in the Kovno ghetto to the "Pie Chart of Mystery" in a New Yorker cartoon, Wainer illustrates the many ways graphs can be used--and misused--as we try to make sense of an uncertain world. Picturing the Uncertain World takes readers on an extraordinary graphical adventure, revealing how the visual communication of data offers answers to vexing questions yet also highlights the measure of uncertainty in almost everything we do. Are cancer rates higher or lower in rural communities? How can you know how much money to sock away for retirement when you don't know when you'll die? And where exactly did nineteenth-century novelists get their ideas? These are some of the fascinating questions Wainer invites readers to consider. Along the way he traces the origins and development of graphical display, from William Playfair, who pioneered the use of graphs in the eighteenth century, to instances today where the public has been misled through poorly designed graphs
Truth or truthiness : distinguishing fact from fiction by learning to think like a data scientist by Howard Wainer( Book )

11 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 414 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Teacher tenure is a problem. Teacher tenure is a solution. Fracking is safe. Fracking causes earthquakes. Our kids are over-tested. Our kids are not tested enough. We read claims like these in the newspaper, often with no justification other than "it feels right." How can we figure out what is right? Escaping from the clutches of truthiness begins with one question: "What's the evidence?" With his usual verve, and disdain for pious nonsense, Howard Wainer offers a refreshing fact-based view of complex problems in altitude of fields, with special emphasis showing in education how to evaluate the evidence, or lack thereof, supporting various kinds of claims. His primary tool is casual inference: how can we convincingly demonstrate the cause of an effect? This wise book is a must-read for anyone who's ever wanted to challenge the pronouncements of authority figures and a captivating narrative that entertains and educates at the same time. Howard Wainer is a Distinguished Research Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has published more than 400 articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books. His book Defeating Deception: Escaping the Shackles of Truthiness by Learning to Think like a Data Scientist, will be published by Cambridge University Press in 2016"--
Principals of modern psychological measurement : a festschrift for Frederic M. Lord by Howard Wainer( Book )

20 editions published between 1983 and 2012 in English and held by 377 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Testlet response theory and its applications by Howard Wainer( Book )

11 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The measurement models employed to score tests have been evolving over the past century from those that focus on the entire test (true score theory) to models that focus on individual test items (item response theory) to models that use small groups of items (testlets) as the fungible unit from which tests are constructed and scored (testlet response theory, or TRT). In this book, the inventors of TRT trace the history of this evolution and explain the character of modern TRT. Written for researchers and professionals in statistics, psychometrics, and educational psychology, the first part offers an accessible introduction to TRT and its applications. The second part presents a comprehensive, self-contained discussion of the model couched within a fully Bayesian framework. Its parameters are estimated using Markov chain Monte Carlo procedures, and the resulting posterior distributions of the parameter estimates yield insights into score stability that were previously unsuspected
Differential item functioning by Paul W Holland( Book )

17 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in English and held by 277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Test fairness is a moral imperative for both the makers and the users of tests. This book focuses on methods for detecting test items that function differently for different groups of examinees and on using this information to improve tests. Of interest to all testing and measurement specialists, it examines modern techniques used routinely to insure test fairness. Three of these relevant to the book's contents are: * detailed reviews of test items by subject matter experts and members of the major subgroups in society (gender, ethnic, and linguistic) that will be represented in the
A statistical guide for the ethically perplexed by Lawrence J Hubert( )

17 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Preface I have never heard any of your lectures, but from what I can learn I should say that for people who like the kind of lectures you deliver, they are just the kind of lectures such people like. { Artemus Ward (from a newspaper advertisement, 1863) Our title is taken from the seminal work of the medieval Jewish philosopher Maimonides, The Guide for the Perplexed (1904, M. Friedlander, Trans.). This monumental contribution was written as a three-volume letter to a student and was an attempt by Maimonides to reconcile his Aristotelian philosophical views with those of Jewish law. In an analogous way, this book tries to reconcile the areas of statistics and the behavioral (and related social and biomedical) sciences through the standards for ethical practice, de ned as being in accord with the accepted rules or standards for right conduct that govern a discipline. The standards for ethical practice are what we try to instill in students through the methodology courses we o er, with particular emphasis on the graduate and undergraduate statistics sequence generally required in all of the sciences. It is our hope that the principal general education payo for competent statistics instruction is an increase in people's ability to be critical and ethical consumers and producers of the statistical reasoning and analyses they will face over the course of their careers. Maimonides intended his Guide for an educated readership, with the ideas concealed from the masses. He writes in the introduction: \A sensible man should not demand of me, or hope that when we mention a subject, we shall make a complete exposition of it." In a related way, this book is not intended to teach the principles of statistics"--
Medical illuminations : using evidence, visualization, and statistical thinking to improve healthcare by Howard Wainer( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 256 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thirteen contemporary medical topics are used to illustrate how modern tools of statistical thinking and statistical graphics can illuminate them. The book aims to solve some vexing problems that seem perplexing, and make the problems and their solutions clear for the general reader in order to gain a greater understanding of our complex world
Commercial and political atlas and Statistical breviary by William Playfair( Book )

12 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skeletal maturity : the knee joint as a biological indicator by Alex F Roche( Book )

9 editions published in 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 161 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Predicting adult stature for individuals by Alex F Roche( Book )

8 editions published in 1975 in English and German and held by 139 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicting error by Howard Wainer( Book )

2 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Using trilinear plots for NAEP state data by Howard Wainer( Book )

2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Confidence envelopes for monotonic functions : principles, derivations, and examples by David Thissen( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The bounds of plausible behavior for a multiparameter monotonic function can be expressed as a stochastic confidence envelope around the function. This paper presents the derivation of a general method for constructing such bounds. The bounds described are first specialized to the linear case, yielding results identical to known results found by other means. The method in the more general nonlinear case is then illustrated on three logistic item response models
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Graphic discovery : a trout in the milk and other visual adventures
Uneducated guesses : using evidence to uncover misguided education policiesComputerized adaptive testing : a primerTest scoringVisual revelations : graphical tales of fate and deception from Napoleon Bonaparte to Ross PerotTest validityDrawing inferences from self-selected samplesPicturing the uncertain world : how to understand, communicate, and control uncertainty through graphical displayTestlet response theory and its applications
Alternative Names
Goldhaber, Howard Charles 1943-

Howard Wainer American statistician

Howard Wainer Amerikaans statisticus

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