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Robert L. Thorndike (1910–1990) was a psychometrician and educational psychologist who made significant contributions to the analysis of reliability, the interpretation of error, cognitive ability, and the design and analysis of comparative surveys of achievement test performance of students in various countries.[1] Like his father, Edward Thorndike, he conducted research in both animal and human psychology. With Irving Lorge, Thorndike published a standardized test in 1954 which later became, with the collaboration of Elizabeth Hagen, the widely used Cognitive Abilities Test.

He was one of the first to write about cluster analysis.[2][3]

Thorndike was a professor at Teachers College, Columbia University from 1936 to 1976.[4] He received his B.A. (Mathematics) from Wesleyan University in 1931, and his M.A. and Ph.D. (both in Psychology) from Columbia University in 1932 and 1935, respectively. He was president of the American Educational Research Association and the Psychometric Society.


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