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Kansas v. Hendricks

a case resulting in a controversial 1997 U.S. Supreme Court decision that upheld the involuntary civil commitment of an offender after he had already completed his sentence for a sex crime. The court ruled that laws permitting the confinement of sex offenders in mental hospitals after they have served their criminal sentences are not unconstitutional if the offender remains a threat.

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two-parameter model

two-parameter model

in item response theory, a model that specifies two parameters affecting an individual’s response to a particular test item: (a) the difficulty level of the item and (b) the item discriminability. See also Rasch model; three-parameter model.