Using Latent Semantic Analysis for Automated Grading Programming Assignments

Kartinah, Zen and D.N.F, Awang Iskandar and Ongkir, Linang (2011) Using Latent Semantic Analysis for Automated Grading Programming Assignments. International Conference on Semantic Technology and Information Retrieval (STAIR), 2011. ISSN ISBN: 978-1-61284-353-7

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Abstract

Traditionally, computer programming assignments are graded manually by educators. As this task is tedious, timeconsuming and prone to bias, the need for automated grading tool is necessary to reduce the educators' burden and avoid inconsistency and favoritism. Recent researches have claimed that Latent Semantic Analysis (LSA) has the ability to represent human cognitive knowledge to assess essays, retrieving information, classification of documents and indexing. In this paper, we adapt LSA technique to grade computer programming assignments and observe how far it can be applied as an alternative approach to traditional grading methods by human. The grades of the assignments are generated from the cosine similarity that shows how close students' assignments to the model answers in the latent semantic vector space. The results show that LSA is not able to detect orders of computer programming and symbols; however, LSA is able to grade assignments faster and consistently, which avoid bias and reduces the time spent by human.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: computer programming assignments, latent semantic analysis, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology
Depositing User: Karen Kornalius
Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2017 07:42
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 07:42
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/16627

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