Rasch Trees

Recursive partitioning (also known as trees) based on Rasch models.

raschtree(formula, data, na.action,
  reltol = 1e-10, deriv = c("sum", "diff", "numeric"), maxit = 100L,

# S3 method for raschtree predict(object, newdata = NULL, type = c("probability", "cumprobability", "mode", "median", "mean", "category-information", "item-information", "test-information", "node"), personpar = 0, …)

# S3 method for raschtree plot(x, type = c("profile", "regions"), terminal_panel = NULL, tp_args = list(...), tnex = 2L, drop_terminal = TRUE, ...)


A symbolic description of the model to be fit. This should be of type y ~ x1 + x2 where y should be a binary 0/1 item response matrix and x1 and x2 are used as partitioning variables.


a data frame containing the variables in the model.


a function which indicates what should happen when the data contain missing values (NAs).


character. Which type of derivatives should be used for computing gradient and Hessian matrix? Analytical with sum algorithm ("sum"), analytical with difference algorithm ("diff", faster but numerically unstable), or numerical. Passed to raschmodel.

reltol, maxit

arguments passed via raschmodel to optim.

arguments passed to the underlying functions, i.e., to mob_control for raschtree, and to the underlying predict and plot methods, respectively.

object, x

an object of class "raschtree".


optional data frame with partitioning variables for which predictions should be computed. By default the learning data set is used.


character specifying the type of predictions or plot. For the predict method, either just the ID of the terminal "node" can be predicted or some property of the model at a given person parameter (specified by personpar).


numeric person parameter (of length 1) at which the predictions are evaluated.

terminal_panel, tp_args, tnex, drop_terminal

arguments passed to plot.modelparty/plot.party.


Rasch trees are an application of model-based recursive partitioning (implemented in mob) to Rasch models (implemented in raschmodel).

Various methods are provided for "raschtree" objects, most of them inherit their behavior from "modelparty" objects (e.g., print, summary, etc.). For the Rasch models in the nodes of a tree, coef extracts all item parameters except the first one which is always restricted to be zero. itempar extracts all item parameters (including the first one) and by default restricts their sum to be zero (but other restrictions can be used as well). The plot method by default employs the node_profileplot panel-generating function and the node_regionplot panel-generating function is provided as an alternative.

Rasch tree models are introduced in Strobl et al. (2015), whose analysis for the SPISA data is replicated in vignette("raschtree", package = "psychotree"). Their illustration employing artificial data is replicated below.


An object of S3 class "raschtree" inheriting from class "modelparty".


Strobl C, Kopf J, Zeileis A (2015). Rasch Trees: A New Method for Detecting Differential Item Functioning in the Rasch Model. Psychometrika, 80(2), 289--316. 10.1007/s11336-013-9388-3

See Also

mob, raschmodel, rstree, pctree

  • raschtree
  • print.raschtree
  • plot.raschtree
  • predict.raschtree
  • itempar.raschtree
o <- options(digits = 4)

## artificial data
data("DIFSim", package = "psychotree")

## fit Rasch tree model
rt <- raschtree(resp ~ age + gender + motivation, data = DIFSim)

## extract item parameters

## inspect parameter stability tests in all splitting nodes
if(require("strucchange")) {
sctest(rt, node = 1)
sctest(rt, node = 2)

## highlight items 3 and 14 with DIF
ix <- rep(1, 20)
ix[c(3, 14)] <- 2
plot(rt, ylines = 2.5,  cex = c(0.4, 0.8)[ix], 
  pch = c(19, 19)[ix], col = gray(c(0.5, 0))[ix])

options(digits = o$digits)
# }
Documentation reproduced from package psychotree, version 0.15-3, License: GPL-2 | GPL-3

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