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Title: An automated learner-based reading ability estimation strategy using concept indexing with integrated Part-of-Speech n-gram features
Author: Razon, Abigail R.
ISNI:       0000 0004 6063 0338
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2017
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This study is about the development of a retrainable reading ability estimation system based on concepts from the Text Readability Indexing (TRI) domain. This system aims to promote self-directed language learning and to serve as an educational reinforcement tool for English language learners. Student essays were used to calibrate the system which provided realistic approximations of their actual reading levels. In this thesis, we compared the performance of two vector semantics-based algorithms, namely, Latent Semantic Indexing (LSI) and Concept Indexing (CI) for content analysis. Since these algorithms rely on the bag-of-words approach and inherently lack grammatical analysis, we augmented them using Part-of-Speech (POS) n-gram features to approximate the syntactic complexity of text documents. Results show that directly combining the content-and grammar-based feature sets yielded lower classification accuracies than utilising each feature set alone. Using a sparsification strategy, we were able to optimise the combination process and, with the integration of POS bi-grams, we achieved our overall highest mean exact agreement accuracies (MEAA) of 0.924 and 0.952 for LSI and CI, respectively. We have also conducted error analyses on our results where we examined overestimation and underestimation error types to uncover the probable causes for the systems' misclassifications.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Department of Science and Technology of the Philippines
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: L Education (General) ; LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa) ; PE English ; QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science