Paper: Using the text to evaluate short answers for reading comprehension exercises

ACL ID S13-1041
Title Using the text to evaluate short answers for reading comprehension exercises
Venue Joint Conference on Lexical and Computational Semantics
Session
Year 2013
Authors

Short answer questions for reading compre- hension are a common task in foreign lan- guage learning. Automatic short answer scor- ing is the task of automatically assessing the semantic content of a student?s answer, mark- ing it e.g. as correct or incorrect. While pre- vious approaches mainly focused on compar- ing a learner answer to some reference an- swer provided by the teacher, we explore the use of the underlying reading texts as addi- tional evidence for the classification. First, we conduct a corpus study targeting the links be- tween sentences in reading texts for learners of German and answers to reading comprehen- sion questions based on those texts. Second, we use the reading text directly for classifi- cation, considering three different models: an answer-based classifier ext...