Patricia Martinkova

I am the vice-head of the Department of Statistical Modelling at the Institute of Computer Science of the Czech Academy of Sciences, where I lead the Computational Psychometrics Group. I am also a researcher at Faculty of Education Charles University, where I initiated the Center for Educational Measurement and Psychometrics with 2018–2020 PRIMUS project. I am Fulbright alumna and 2013-2015 visiting research scholar with the University of Washington, and an affiliate assistant professor at UW Center for Statistics and the Social Sciences and at UW Department of Statistics.

My research focuses on developing models and estimators to improve the quality of ratings and measurement in various fields, including education, psychology, and health. I use simulation studies to demonstrate better properties and advantages of newly developed methods and estimators over those traditionally used in daily praxis.

I am big fan of reproducible research and freely available software. Part of my research is exploited in interactive online application ShinyItemAnalysis developed with a team of highly devoted students, which is now being used in many research fields all around the world.

My teaching interests cover various topics of applied statistics and psychometrics. I teach course NMST570 Selected topics in psychometrics and Seminar in Psychometrics NMST571. I also taught course on Item Response Theory and a course of Statistical Concepts and Methods for the Social Sciences. I am interested in incorporating active learning techniques into teaching.

Recent news

Apr 20 2021

Article When zero may not be zero: A cautionary note on the use of inter-rater reliability in evaluating grant peer review published in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A.

Apr 20 2021

Openings for research fellow, post-doc and student positions in Computational Psychometrics group and Department of Statistical Modelling.

Feb 1 2021

Course NMST571 Seminar in psychometrics is scheduled on Tuesdays 3:40PM, starting on March 9, 2021.


Oct 7 2020

An article on the difNLR package was published in The R Journal.


Dec 3, 2019

Article Is academic tracking related to gains in learning competence? Using propensity score matching and differential item change functioning analysis for better understanding of tracking implications is available in Learning and Instruction.


Jul 24 2019

Full-day workshop Introduction to Differential Item Functioning (DIF) analysis with R and ShinyItemAnalysis will be held at AEA-Europe conference in Lisabon on Nov 13, 2019. Registrations are open!


Feb 23 2019

Article ShinyItemAnalysis for Teaching Psychometrics and to Enforce Routine Analysis of Educational Tests has been published in The R Journal.


Dec 21 2018

International workshop on Psychometric Computing Psychoco 2019 will take place on February 21 - 22 in Prague, Czech Republic.


Oct 5 2018

Article Disparities in ratings of internal and external applicants: A case for model-based inter-rater reliability has been published in PLOS ONE.


June 1, 2017

Article Checking equity: Why DIF analysis should be a routine part of developing conceptual assessments by Martinkova et. al, has been published in CBE - Lifesciences Education.


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