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A Report on the 2017 Native Language Identification Shared Task
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The fusion track showed that combining the written and spoken responses provides a large boost in prediction accuracy, and multiple classifier systems were the most effective in all tasks, with most based on traditional classifiers with lexical/syntactic features. Expand
Robust Systems for Preposition Error Correction Using Wikipedia Revisions
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A new, large errorannotated corpus is presented and used to train systems that generalize across three different test sets, each from a different domain and with different error characteristics. Expand
Is getting the right answer just about choosing the right words? The role of syntactically-informed features in short answer scoring
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This paper aims to introduce the NLP community to the largest corpus currently available for short-answer scoring, provide an overview of methods used in the shared task using this data, and explore the extent to which more syntactically-informed features can contribute to the short answer scoring task in a way that avoids the question-specific manual effort of the knowledge engineering approach. Expand
The TextEvaluator Tool
This article describes TextEvaluator, a comprehensive text-analysis system designed to help teachers, textbook publishers, test developers, and literacy researchers select reading materials that areExpand
Spoken Text Difficulty Estimation Using Linguistic Features
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An automated method for estimating the difficulty of spoken texts for use in generating items that assess non-native learners’ listening proficiency and demonstrated a correlation of 0.76 with the listenability score, comparable to the agreement between the nonnative learners' ratings and theListenability score. Expand
Online Readability and Text Complexity Analysis with TextEvaluator
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The TextEvaluator system for providing text complexity and Common Core-aligned readability information is developed, presented in such a way as to aid in the user’s understanding of the overall readability metric. Expand
A Two-Stage Approach for Generating Unbiased Estimates of Text Complexity
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This work presents a two-stage estimation technique that successfully addresses the problem of overestimating the complexity levels of informational texts while simultaneously underestimating the complex levels of literary texts and demonstrates that resulting text complexity predictions are both unbiased, and highly correlated with classifications provided by experienced educators. Expand
Writing Mentor: Self-Regulated Writing Feedback for Struggling Writers
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Prelimi- nary analysis indicates that users have a largely positive impression of Writing Mentor in terms of usability and potential impact on their writing. Expand
Using "TextEvaluator"® to Quantify Sources of Linguistic Complexity in Textbooks Targeted at First-Grade Readers over the Past Half Century. Research Report. ETS RR-15-38.
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It is suggested that, in contrast to the claim of a “general, steady decline” in textbook complexity, text-based sources of comprehension difficulty within Grade 1 texts have either risen or held steady throughout the past half century. Expand
TechWriter: An Evolving System for Writing Assistance for Advanced Learners of English
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TechWriter is described, a personalizable writing assistance program for advanced learners of English that encourages skills learning and who it can be personalized for, and how it can help writers acquire better writing skills over time. Expand
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