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Health Measurement Scales: A Practical Guide to Their Development and Use (Oxford Medical Publications)

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This is the new edition of the highly successful practical guide for clinicians developing tools to measure subjective states, attitudes or non-tangible outcomes in their patients. It is widely used by people from many disciplines, who have only a limited knowledge of statistics.

This thoroughly updated edition of Health Measurement Scales 3e gives more details on cognitive requirements in answering questions, and how this influences scale development. There is now an expanded discussion of generizibility theory, a completely revised chapter on Item Response Theory and many revisions are included, based on the latest research findings.

These features combine to provide the most up-to-date guide to measuring scale development available. It synthesizes the theory of scale construction with practical advice, culled from the literature and the authors' experience, about how to develop and validate measurement scales to be used in the health sciences. The theory goes into issues of reliability, generalizability theroy, validity, the measurement of change, the cognitive requirements of answering questions, and item response theory. Practical issues cover devising the items, biases that may affect the responses, pre-testing and weeding our poorly performing items, combining items into scales, setting cut points, and the practical issues of using scales in various ways, such as face-to-face interviews; mailed or telephone-administered surveys; and over the internet. One chapter also discusses some of the ethical issues that scale developers and users should be aware of. Appendices lead the reader to other readings; sources of already developed scales and items; and a very brief introduction to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis.

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Beginning OpenGL Game Programming (Game Development Series)
Beginning OpenGL Game Programming (Game Development Series)
This book provides new game programmers with a complete introduction to 3D game programming using OpenGL. All of the basic elements of OpenGL as it applies to game development are covered.

Provides new game programmers with a complete introduction to 3D game programming using OpenGL. Makes this popular development environment
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Neurobiology of Aggression and Rage
Neurobiology of Aggression and Rage

While other books concentrate on the different facets of aggression, these publications tend to focus on a single aspect of the subject and do not make any attempt to integrate biology and behavior. This lack of integration in the literature has created a major gap in our current understanding of the factors that influence aggressive...

The GNU Make Book
The GNU Make Book

GNU make is the most widely used build automation tool, but it can be challenging to master and its terse language can be tough to parse for even experienced programmers. Those who run into difficulties face a long, involved struggle, often leaving unsolved problems behind and GNU make's vast potential untapped.

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Exploitation of Linkage Learning in Evolutionary Algorithms (Adaptation, Learning, and Optimization)
Exploitation of Linkage Learning in Evolutionary Algorithms (Adaptation, Learning, and Optimization)

One major branch of enhancing the performance of evolutionary algorithms is the exploitation of linkage learning. This monograph aims to capture the recent progress of linkage learning, by compiling a series of focused technical chapters to keep abreast of the developments and trends in the area of linkage. In evolutionary algorithms, linkage...

OSGi in Depth
OSGi in Depth
I started working with OSGi in about 2006. This was back in the days of BEA and Web- Logic. Our goal was a very ambitious one: to create a new application server profiled for a particular vertical market—financial front offices.
 
The journey has been a long one. But as they say, it is not just about...
Pattern Recognition: 31st DAGM Symposium, Jena, Germany, September 9-11, 2009, Proceedings
Pattern Recognition: 31st DAGM Symposium, Jena, Germany, September 9-11, 2009, Proceedings

In 2009, for the second time in a row, Jena hosted an extraordinary event. In 2008, Jena celebrated the 450th birthday of the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena with the motto “Lichtgedanken” – “flashes of brilliance.” This year, for almost one week, Jena became the center for the pattern recognition research...

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