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A computer-aided environment for generating multiple-choice test items

TitleA computer-aided environment for generating multiple-choice test items
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsMitkov, R, Ha, LA, Karamanis, N
JournalNatural Language Engineering
Volume12
Pagination177–194
Date Published5
ISSN1469-8110
Abstract

This paper describes a novel computer-aided procedure for generating multiple-choice test items from electronic documents. In addition to employing various Natural Language Processing techniques, including shallow parsing, automatic term extraction, sentence transformation and computing of semantic distance, the system makes use of language resources such as corpora and ontologies. It identifies important concepts in the text and generates questions about these concepts as well as multiple-choice distractors, offering the user the option to post-edit the test items by means of a user-friendly interface. In assisting test developers to produce items in a fast and expedient manner without compromising quality, the tool saves both time and production costs.

DOI10.1017/S1351324906004177