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See detailDe l'alimentation à la médecine : l'utilisation du vin dans les papyrus littéraires grecs et latins relatifs à la cuisine et à la médecine
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in de Haro Sanchez, Magali; Boudon-Millot, Véronique (Eds.) « Des grains et du vin dans l’Antiquité : entre aliments et médicaments ». Journée d’étude organisée le 17 mai 2013 à Paris, Maison de la Recherche (2014)

Unlike the Egyptians who produced and consumed wine and beer from the earliest times, the Greeks and Romans are known mainly as producers and drinkers of wine. This paper attempts to address the question ... [more ▼]

Unlike the Egyptians who produced and consumed wine and beer from the earliest times, the Greeks and Romans are known mainly as producers and drinkers of wine. This paper attempts to address the question of the use of wine in cooking and medical recipes on Greek and Latin literary papyri from Egypt (IV/III BC – VI/VII AD). Do these texts manifest a local influence through mentions of Egyptian wine or beer or do they refer only to Greek (after the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332 BC) and Italian (after the annexation to the Roman state in 30 BC) wines? Furthermore, this study lists the properties and functions ascribed to wine(s) in these writings. [less ▲]

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See detailBiostratigraphic significance of brachiopods near the Devonian–Carboniferous boundary
Mottequin, Bernard ULg; Brice, Denise; Legrand-Blain, Marie

in Geological Magazine (2014), 151

The biostratigraphic significance of selected uppermost Famennian (Upper Devonian) and lower Tournaisian (Mississippian) brachiopod genera, belonging to the orders Rhynchonellida (e.g. Araratella ... [more ▼]

The biostratigraphic significance of selected uppermost Famennian (Upper Devonian) and lower Tournaisian (Mississippian) brachiopod genera, belonging to the orders Rhynchonellida (e.g. Araratella), Spiriferida (e.g. Sphenospira, Prospira), Spiriferinida (Syringothyris) and Productida (except Chonetidina), is discussed. Owing to the difficulties of identifying productidine and strophalosiidine genera, in contrast to rhynchonellides and spiriferides, the biostratigraphic potential of the former has generally been overlooked. Brachiopods flourished in neritic environments that were unfavourable for conodonts and ammonoids. In the absence of the latter traditional marker fossils, they are potentially important for locating the Devonian–Carboniferous boundary in shallow water depositional settings in conjunction with rugose corals and foraminifers. On a worldwide scale, further work is required to reach a better assessment of the aftermath of the Hangenberg biological Crisis on brachiopods, notably in revising the faunas from the classical areas of the Famennian and Tournaisian stages in Western Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailLes récits numériques : de nouvelles formes narratives ?
Hurel, Pierre-Yves ULg

in L'espace de publication de Culture Numérique (2014)

Face aux discours techno-enthousiastes sur les innovations des récits numériques, des études de l’hyperfiction cherchent à définir les nouveautés réelles apportées par le média informatique. Cet article ... [more ▼]

Face aux discours techno-enthousiastes sur les innovations des récits numériques, des études de l’hyperfiction cherchent à définir les nouveautés réelles apportées par le média informatique. Cet article s’inscrit dans ce courant en comparant les récits interactifs numériques aux non-numériques, tels que les jeux de rôle, le théâtre expérimental ou les livres dont vous êtes le héros. Cette comparaison se fait en deux temps : d’abord le rapprochement par les caractéristiques narratives, puis la distinction par les spécificités des supports. Elle nuance le caractère nouveau de l’arborescence, de l’émergence, de l’hybridation de l’avatar et de spatialité ; et cherche à déterminer des caractéristiques propres au numérique. [less ▲]

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See detailStrontiohurlbutite, SrBe2(PO4)2, a new mineral from Nanping no. 31 pegmatite, Fujian Province, Southeastern China
Rao, C; Wang, R; Hatert, Frédéric ULg et al

in American Mineralogist (2014), 99

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See detailEvolution récente des extrêmes pluviométriques en Mauritanie (1933-2010)
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Hountondji, Yvon-Carmen; Gassani, Jean et al

in Actes du 27e Colloque International de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie (2014)

Un ensemble d’indicateurs a été compilé pour vérifier si la fréquence et/ou l’intensité des précipitations a significativement évolué au cours des dernières décennies dans la République Islamique de ... [more ▼]

Un ensemble d’indicateurs a été compilé pour vérifier si la fréquence et/ou l’intensité des précipitations a significativement évolué au cours des dernières décennies dans la République Islamique de Mauritanie. Cette étude s’appuie sur des indices nationaux basés les séries quotidiennes de précipitations de neuf stations synoptiques qui couvrent la période 1933-2010. L’analyse des précipitations a été réalisée en calculant annuellement treize indices pluviométriques : le total pluviométrique (PTOT), le nombre total de jours humides (précipitations ≥1 mm, JP), la lame d’eau moyenne précipitée par jour humide (Simple day intensity index, SDII), la pluviométrie maximale enregistrée sur 1 jour (Px1J), la fréquence des événements pluviométriques ≥ 10 mm (P10), ≥ 20 mm (P20), intenses (P95) et extrêmes (P99). Le poids relatif des cinq derniers indices dans le total pluviométrique annuel étant également apprécié. Les résultats montrent que les indices PTOT, JP, P10 et P20 présentent une tendance à la baisse significative sur la période 1933-2010. Dans le même temps, la fréquence des précipitations intenses et extrêmes évolue peu. De facto, la lame d’eau moyenne précipitée par jour humide (SDII) augmente de manière significative. Les résultats obtenus vont dans le sens des conclusions du Groupe d’expert intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat (Giec) à l’échelle globale, à savoir des précipitations extrêmes inchangées dans un contexte global de dessiccation. Selon de nombreux modèles, la dégradation pluviométrique pourrait s’amplifier dans les décennies à venir. Dès lors, des stratégies d’adaptation transfrontalières devraient être envisagées d’urgence car le processus de réchauffement de la planète n'est pas susceptible de diminuer dans les prochaines décennies. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts des récentes variations pluviométriques sur le droit du sol, l’accès a l’eau et l’agriculture en Mauritanie : l’exemple du lac de Mâle
Gassani, Jean; De Longueville, Florence ULg; Gemenne, François ULg et al

in Actes du 27e Colloque International de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie (2014)

La République islamique de Mauritanie est à un carrefour sociopolitique de son histoire. Les crises environnementales conjuguées à la transformation des activités économiques et à la pression ... [more ▼]

La République islamique de Mauritanie est à un carrefour sociopolitique de son histoire. Les crises environnementales conjuguées à la transformation des activités économiques et à la pression démographique bouleversent les structures sociales du pays. La « grande sécheresse » qui a débuté en 1970 a transformé le mode de vie des nomades en les obligeant à se sédentariser. Cette sédentarisation ‘forcée’ par les déficits pluviométriques a modifié la conception des tribus tant par rapport à la propriété foncière qu’à l’accès aux ressources en eau, et a entrainé une pression accrue sur les haratines (anciens esclaves noirs) en matière de production agricole. Avec la diffusion des droits de l’homme, la promulgation d’une loi foncière, et la prise en compte de la chariâa, les anciens esclaves ont revendiqué la propriété des terres qu’ils cultivaient auparavant pour leurs maîtres. Devant le refus de ces derniers d’accéder à leur requête, les haratines se sont dirigés vers des terres non exploitées et ont interféré dans la pratique coutumière de la gestion de l’eau des bassins versants. Le conflit latent a dégénéré en conflit ouvert dans le bassin versant du lac de Mâle. Aujourd’hui, la situation ne s’améliore pas car la volonté politique se heurte aux pouvoirs tribaux locaux. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the invasive Asian clam, Corbicula spp., on a large river ecosytem
Pigneur, Lise-Marie; Falisse, Elodie; Roland, Kathleen et al

in Freshwater Biology (2014), 59(3), 573-583

During the past recent decades, Asiatic clams (Corbicula spp.) have spread spectacularly in several large European rivers. In the River Meuse, a transnational lowland river, an important chlorophyll a ... [more ▼]

During the past recent decades, Asiatic clams (Corbicula spp.) have spread spectacularly in several large European rivers. In the River Meuse, a transnational lowland river, an important chlorophyll a decline has been recorded since the mid-2000s, which seems to be related to the invasion by these exotic bivalves. This study aimed at verifying that hypothesis, using clam density data from field surveys, water quality monitoring data, and a simulation model. Estimated Corbicula densities were between 50 and 900 individuals m-2, depending on the site. Using a maximum filtration rate per clam body mass of 0.086 m3 g C-1 day-1 at 20°C derived from the literature, we ran simulations with a non-stationary model to estimate the impact of the exotic bivalve on the river plankton and water quality. In the stretches where the invasive clams developed best, comparison with a clam-free scenario allowed estimating a 70 % phytoplankton biomass loss due to their filtration, leading to a 61 % loss of annual primary productivity. Model simulations also showed that zooplankton may have suffered as much as 75 % loss in terms of biomass. The simulations also point to substantial effects of the invasive Corbicula on the river oxygen budget and on nutrient cycling. We expect that, in the heavily regulated sectors of the river, the loss of planktonic production due to the invasive filter-feeders will negatively affect other suspension feeders and alter ecosystem function and productivity. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiological and nonclinical studies investigating effects of iron in carcinogenesis-A critical review
Beguin, Yves ULg; Aapro, M.; Ludwig, H. et al

in Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology (2014), 89

The efficacy and tolerability of intravenous (i.v.) iron in managing cancer-related anemia and iron deficiency has been clinically evaluated and reviewed recently. However, long-term data in cancer ... [more ▼]

The efficacy and tolerability of intravenous (i.v.) iron in managing cancer-related anemia and iron deficiency has been clinically evaluated and reviewed recently. However, long-term data in cancer patients are not available; yet, long-term i.v. iron treatment in hemodialysis patients is not associated with increased cancer risk. This review summarizes epidemiological and nonclinical data on the role of iron in carcinogenesis. In humans, epidemiological data suggest correlations between certain cancers and increased iron exposure or iron overload. Nonclinical models that investigated whether iron can enhance carcinogenesis provide only limited evidence relevant for cancer patients since they were typically based on high iron doses as well as injection routes and iron formulations which are not used in the clinical setting. Nevertheless, in the absence of long-term outcome data from prospectively defined trials in i.v. iron-treated cancer patients, iron supplementation should be limited to periods of concomitant anti-tumor treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailPotentiality of clay raw materials from northern Morocco in ceramic industry: Tetouan and Meknes areas
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; De Vleeschouwer, François et al

in Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering (2014)

This study aims at evaluating the potential suitability of Tetouan and Meknes (central Morocco) clay material as raw materials in various ceramic applications by investigating their textural, chemical ... [more ▼]

This study aims at evaluating the potential suitability of Tetouan and Meknes (central Morocco) clay material as raw materials in various ceramic applications by investigating their textural, chemical, thermal and firing characteristics. Textural properties were identified by specific surface area, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and bulk density (ρs). Chemical and thermal properties were assessed using XRF and TG/DTA techniques, respectively. Firing characteristics at temperatures from 800°C to 1100°C were determined by linear firing shrinkage, loss on weight and water absorption capacity. The Meknes clays are characterised by medium cation exchange capacity (CEC) and specific surface area (SSA) values due to their moderate smectite content. The Tetouan clays have medium to low CEC and medium SSA values. The main oxides in the clayey samples are SiO2 (35 – 54.3 wt.%), Al2O3 (20.6 – 43.9 wt.%), and Fe2O3 (9.7 – 22.4 wt.%). The amount of CaO in Meknes clays ranges from 8 to 12 wt.%, whereas CaO is only present in some Tetouan clay (TE4, TE7, TN4 and TN5). A significant densification of ceramic behaviour could be noticed for most of Tetouan clays at firing temperatures above 1000°C. Meknes clays show earlier densification from 800 °C. The chemical, textural and ceramic properties of Tetouan and Meknes clays indicate their suitability as raw materials for the production of structural ceramics. The high amount of Fe2O3 in all clays makes them inappropriate in fine ceramics. [less ▲]

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See detailFacultative paedomorphosis and the pattern of intra- and interspecific variation in cranial skeleton: lessons from European newts (Ichthyosaura alpestris and Lissotriton vulgaris)
Ivanović, Ana; Cvijanović, Milena; Denoël, Mathieu ULg et al

in Zoomorphology (2014), 133(1), 99-109

Paedomorphosis, the presence of ancestral larval and juvenile traits that occur at the descendent adult stage, is an evolutionary phenomenon that shaped morphological evolution in many vertebrate lineages ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis, the presence of ancestral larval and juvenile traits that occur at the descendent adult stage, is an evolutionary phenomenon that shaped morphological evolution in many vertebrate lineages, including tailed amphibians. Among salamandrid species, paedomorphic and metamorphic phenotypes can be observed within single populations (facultative paedomorphosis). Despite wide interest in facultative paedomorphosis and polymorphism produced by heterochronic changes (heterochronic polymorphism), the studies that investigate intraspecific morphological variation in facultative paedomorphic species are largely missing. By quantifying the cranium size and development (bone development and remodeling), we investigated the variation at multiple levels (i.e., between sexes, populations and species) of two facultatively paedomorphic European newt species: the alpine and the smooth newt. The pattern of variation between paedomorphs (individuals keeping larval traits at the adult stage) and metamorphs (metamorphosed adult individuals) varied between species and among populations within a single species. The patterns of variation in size and skull formation appear to be more uniform in the alpine than in the smooth newt, indicating that developmental constraints differed between species (more pronounced in alpine than in smooth newt). Our study shows that the cranial skeleton provides detailed insight in the pattern of variation and divergence in heterochronic polymorphism within and between species and open new questions related to heterochronic polymorphism and evolution of cranial skeleton. [less ▲]

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See detailRepublished: Value of biomarkers in osteoarthritis: current status and perspectives.
Lotz, M.; Martel-Pelletier, J.; Christiansen, C. et al

in Postgraduate Medical Journal (2014), 90(1061), 171-8

Osteoarthritis affects the whole joint structure with progressive changes in cartilage, menisci, ligaments and subchondral bone, and synovial inflammation. Biomarkers are being developed to quantify joint ... [more ▼]

Osteoarthritis affects the whole joint structure with progressive changes in cartilage, menisci, ligaments and subchondral bone, and synovial inflammation. Biomarkers are being developed to quantify joint remodelling and disease progression. This article was prepared following a working meeting of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis convened to discuss the value of biochemical markers of matrix metabolism in drug development in osteoarthritis. The best candidates are generally molecules or molecular fragments present in cartilage, bone or synovium and may be specific to one type of joint tissue or common to them all. Many currently investigated biomarkers are associated with collagen metabolism in cartilage or bone, or aggrecan metabolism in cartilage. Other biomarkers are related to non-collagenous proteins, inflammation and/or fibrosis. Biomarkers in osteoarthritis can be categorised using the burden of disease, investigative, prognostic, efficacy of intervention, diagnostic and safety classification. There are a number of promising candidates, notably urinary C-terminal telopeptide of collagen type II and serum cartilage oligomeric protein, although none is sufficiently discriminating to differentiate between individual patients and controls (diagnostic) or between patients with different disease severities (burden of disease), predict prognosis in individuals with or without osteoarthritis (prognostic) or perform so consistently that it could function as a surrogate outcome in clinical trials (efficacy of intervention). Future avenues for research include exploration of underlying mechanisms of disease and development of new biomarkers; technological development; the 'omics' (genomics, metabolomics, proteomics and lipidomics); design of aggregate scores combining a panel of biomarkers and/or imaging markers into single diagnostic algorithms; and investigation into the relationship between biomarkers and prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailLack of isocitrate lyase in Chlamydomonas leads to changes in carbon metabolism and in the response to oxidative stress under mixotrophic growth.
Plancke, Charlotte; Vigeolas, Hélène ULg; Hohner, Ricarda et al

in The Plant journal : for cell and molecular biology (2014), 77(3), 404-417

Isocitrate lyase is a key enzyme of the glyoxylate cycle. This cycle plays an essential role in cell growth on acetate, and is important for gluconeogenesis as it bypasses the two oxidative steps of the ... [more ▼]

Isocitrate lyase is a key enzyme of the glyoxylate cycle. This cycle plays an essential role in cell growth on acetate, and is important for gluconeogenesis as it bypasses the two oxidative steps of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle in which CO2 is evolved. In this paper, a null icl mutant of the green microalga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is described. Our data show that isocitrate lyase is required for growth in darkness on acetate (heterotrophic conditions), as well as for efficient growth in the light when acetate is supplied (mixotrophic conditions). Under these latter conditions, reduced acetate assimilation and concomitant reduced respiration occur, and biomass composition analysis reveals an increase in total fatty acid content, including neutral lipids and free fatty acids. Quantitative proteomic analysis by 14 N/15 N labelling was performed, and more than 1600 proteins were identified. These analyses reveal a strong decrease in the amounts of enzymes of the glyoxylate cycle and gluconeogenesis in parallel with a shift of the TCA cycle towards amino acid synthesis, accompanied by an increase in free amino acids. The decrease of the glyoxylate cycle and gluconeogenesis, as well as the decrease in enzymes involved in beta-oxidation of fatty acids in the icl mutant are probably major factors that contribute to remodelling of lipids in the icl mutant. These modifications are probably responsible for the elevation of the response to oxidative stress, with significantly augmented levels and activities of superoxide dismutase and ascorbate peroxidase, and increased resistance to paraquat. [less ▲]

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See detailRuptured subscapular artery aneurysm and subclavian artery occlusion in a patient with type 1 neurofibromatosis: a case report
MOREAU, Antoine; JOSKIN, Julien ULg; KREUTZ, Julie ULg et al

in Journal of Medical Case Reports (2014), 8

INTRODUCTION: Collateral muscular artery aneurysm is exceedingly rare. We report the first case of subscapular artery aneurysm in a patient with type 1 neurofibromatosis and ipsilateral chronic subclavian ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Collateral muscular artery aneurysm is exceedingly rare. We report the first case of subscapular artery aneurysm in a patient with type 1 neurofibromatosis and ipsilateral chronic subclavian artery occlusion. CASE PRESENTATION: A 74-year-old Caucasian woman with a medical history of type 1 neurofibromatosis, presented a sudden left pectoral mass, later diagnosed as a ruptured aneurysm of the left subscapular artery. It was caused by a chronic occlusion of the left subclavian artery, diagnosed on angiographies prior to embolization. CONCLUSIONS: Collateral artery aneurysm in the event of a mainstream muscular artery chronic occlusion may occur in type 1 neurofibromatosis. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of Patient Comfort During Palliative Sedation: Is it always Reliable?
Deschepper, R; Bilsen, J; Laureys, Steven ULg

in Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (2014)

"When death knocks at the door of our ward, we do not easily open the door”, an intensivist once said. In the intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency department, care is strongly focused on cure and ... [more ▼]

"When death knocks at the door of our ward, we do not easily open the door”, an intensivist once said. In the intensive care unit (ICU) and emergency department, care is strongly focused on cure and resuscitation. Notwithstanding the technological progress made in intensive and emergency medicine, a substantial number of the patients admitted to the ICU cannot be saved. In these cases, it is important to make a timely shift from curative efforts to palliative care, so that futile and burdensome interventions can be avoided. When death becomes imminent, a major concern of the family members and caregivers is to assure maximal comfort during the dying process. A central aspect of good end-of-life care is to keep the patient, as much as possible, free of pain and other kinds of distress. However, many critically ill patients often suffer from symptoms such as pain and delirium. More than 50 % of critically ill patients in the ICU experience moderate to severe pain and pain in critically ill patients often remains untreated [1]. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de Han BALTUSSEN, Michael ATKINSON, Michael SHARE, Ian MUELLER (trad.), Simplicius: On Aristotle Physics 1.5-9
Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg

in International Journal of the Platonic Tradition (2014), 8(1), 115-117

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See detailDeletion of exons 1-3 of the MEN1 gene in a large Italian family causes the loss of menin expression.
Zatelli, Maria Chiara; Tagliati, Federico; Di Ruvo, Mauro et al

in Familial cancer (2014)

Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) syndrome is an autosomal dominant disease, characterized by parathyroid adenomas, endocrine gastroenteropancreatic tumors and pituitary adenomas, due to ... [more ▼]

Multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1 (MEN1) syndrome is an autosomal dominant disease, characterized by parathyroid adenomas, endocrine gastroenteropancreatic tumors and pituitary adenomas, due to inactivating mutations of the MEN1 gene (chromosome 11q13). MEN1 mutations are mainly represented by nonsense, deletions/insertions, splice site or missense mutations that can be detected by direct sequencing of genomic DNA. However, MEN1 patients with large heterozygous deletions may escape classical genetic screening and may be misidentified as phenocopies, thereby hindering proper clinical surveillance. We employed a real-time polymerase chain reaction application, the TaqMan copy number variation assay, to evaluate a family in which we failed to identify an MEN1 mutation by direct sequencing, despite a clear clinical diagnosis of MEN1 syndrome. Using the TaqMan copy number variation assay we identified a large deletion of the MEN1 gene involving exons 1 and 2, in three affected family members, but not in the other nine family members that were to date clinically unaffected. The same genetic alteration was not found in a group of ten unaffected subjects, without family history of endocrine tumors. The MEN1 deletion was further confirmed by multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification, which showed the deletion extended from exon 1 to exon 3. This new approach allowed us to correctly genetically diagnose three clinical MEN1 patients that were previously considered as MEN1 phenocopies. More importantly, we excluded the presence of genetic alterations in the unaffected family members. These results underline the importance of using a variety of available biotechnology approaches when pursuing a genetic diagnosis in a clinically suggestive setting of inherited endocrine cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary production in a tropical large lake: The role of phytoplankton composition
Darchambeau, François ULg; Sarmento, Hugo; Descy, Jean-Pierre

in Science of the Total Environment (2014), 473-474

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See detailAccuracy of asymptotic standard errors of the maximum and weighted likelihood estimators of proficiency levels with short tests
Magis, David ULg

in Applied Psychological Measurement (2014), 38

The maximum likelihood (ML) and the weighted likelihood (WL) estimators are commonly used to obtain proficiency level estimates with pre-calibrated item parameters. Both estimators have the same ... [more ▼]

The maximum likelihood (ML) and the weighted likelihood (WL) estimators are commonly used to obtain proficiency level estimates with pre-calibrated item parameters. Both estimators have the same asymptotic standard error (ASE) that can be easily derived from the expected information function of the test. However, the accuracy of this asymptotic formula is uncertain with short tests when only a few items are administered. The purpose of this paper is to compare the ASE of these estimators to their exact values, evaluated at the proficiency level estimates. The exact SE is computed by generating the full exact sample distribution of the estimators, so its practical feasibility is limited to small tests (except under the Rasch model). A simulation study was conducted to compare the ASE and the exact SE of the ML and WL estimators, to the “true” SE (i.e., computed as the exact SE with the true proficiency levels). It is concluded that with small tests, the exact SEs are less biased and return smaller root mean squared error values than the asymptotic SEs, while as expected the two estimators return similar results with longer tests. [less ▲]

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