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Psicothema, 2009. Vol. Vol. 21 (nº 3). 492-498




Scientific production on the Mantel-Haenszel procedure as a way of detecting DIF

Georgina Guilera, Juana Gómez-Benito and M. Dolores Hidalgo*

Universidad de Barcelona and * Universidad de Murcia

For more than two decades, the Mantel-Haenszel (MH) procedure has been used to detect differential item functioning (DIF). A bibliometric study of this use of the MH procedure was conducted in order to better understand the current state of the research activity in the area (in terms of quantitative indicators and impact). Initially, we drew up a map of scientific output about this research area, and we subsequently conducted a detailed analysis of citations of authors and studies concerning the MH procedure. Main results suggest that the study of MH reached its peak in 1995; the most productive journal is the Journal of Educational Measurement, followed by Applied Psychological Measurement; the country with the greatest research output is the USA; the institutions that contribute to the research are mostly universities; the data fit Lotka’s law of frequency of publication and do not confirm the exponential fit proposed by Price; and finally, a very high concentration of citations can be observed during the 1990s. In this context, the MH procedure is still being utilized and studied, thus several developments and applications may appear in the future, representing new theoretical, empirical, and simulation publications.

Producción científica sobre el procedimiento Mantel-Haenszel como método de detección del DIF. Tras más de dos décadas de la aplicación del procedimiento Mantel-Haenszel (MH) como técnica de detección del Funcionamiento Diferencial del Ítem (FDI), se realizó un estudio bibliométrico sobre el procedimiento MH para conocer en más profundidad el estado actual de la actividad investigadora en esta área (en términos de indicadores cuantitativos e impacto). Inicialmente, se define un mapa de la productividad científica en el tema de investigación que nos ocupa, y posteriormente se presenta un análisis detallado de las citas que reciben los autores y trabajos dedicados al estudio de MH. Los principales resultados sugieren que el estudio de MH alcanza su cenit en 1995, la revista más productiva es Journal of Educational Measurement, seguida de Applied Psychological Measurement, el país con una mayor productividad es EUA, las instituciones que contribuyen en la investigación son mayoritariamente universidades, los datos se ajustan a la ley de Lotka y no confirman la ley exponencial propuesta por Price, y finalmente se observa una elevada concentración de citas durante los años 90. En este contexto el procedimiento MH sigue siendo utilizado y estudiado, por lo que en un futuro pueden surgir ciertos desarrollos y aplicaciones, suponiendo nuevas publicaciones teóricas, empíricas y de simulación.

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