I am trying to run several IRT models but they don't produce output...
This model is exploratory IRT with 10 factors. It takes a lot of time to run and runs on 100% CPU (I interrupted the program after about 2 hours).
proc irt data = data resfunc = graded nfactor = 10 rotate = obvarimax; var item1 - item65; run;
This model is confirmatory IRT with 10 factors (each item loads only on one factor). It runs for about 15 minutes and then says "Insufficient memory." Produces output for factors (e.g., eigenvalues) but not for item parameters.
proc irt data = data resfunc = graded; var item1 - item65; factor F1 -> item1 - item5, F2 -> item6 - item10, F3 -> item11 - item22, F4 -> item23 - item30, F5 -> item31 - item35, F6 -> item36 - item41, F7 -> item42 - item49, F8 -> item50 - item55, F9 -> item56 - item60, F10 -> item61 - item65; run;
I assume that the problem is in my computer -- it is not powerful enough to run such computationally demanding procedures. So, I wanted to ask if anybody knows what kind of computer I need to have to run these analyses (and whether it's at all possible)?
Thank you in advance.
How many records are in your input data set?
How many levels does each of your Item variables have? From the documentation:
RESFUNC=GRADED for ordinal items. The graded response model assumes that the response variables are ordinal-categorical up to 11 levels.
So if your Item variables, or a subset of them, have more than 11 levels your data may be too complex for the model.
Hi, I have same problem as you. The computation takes very long time, especially for confirmatory multidimensional models.
To make it faster, I relax the convergence criteria to gconv=1E-4 (I know this gives is less accurate estimates). I also found that the conjugate gradient optimization works fastest in complex models (technique=congra). And, for exploratory models I also relax the convergence on the criteria for finding the rotation matrix (rconverge=1E-3).
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