Paper: The Utility of Manual and Automatic Linguistic Error Codes for Identifying Neurodevelopmental Disorders

ACL ID W13-1701
Title The Utility of Manual and Automatic Linguistic Error Codes for Identifying Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Session
Year 2013
Authors

We investigate the utility of linguistic features for automatically differentiating between chil- dren with varying combinations of two po- tentially comorbid neurodevelopmental disor- ders: autism spectrum disorder and specific language impairment. We find that certain manual codes for linguistic errors are useful for distinguishing between diagnostic groups. We investigate the relationship between cod- ing detail and diagnostic classification perfor- mance, and find that a simple coding scheme is of high diagnostic utility. We propose a sim- ple method to automate the pared down coding scheme, and find that these automatic codes are of diagnostic utility.