Toward the automated assessment of entity-relationship diagrams

Waugh, Kevin; Thomas, Pete and Smith, Neil (2004). Toward the automated assessment of entity-relationship diagrams. In: Second Workshop of the Learning and Teaching Support Network - Information and Computer Science) TLAD (Teaching, Learning and Assessment of Databases), 5 Jul 2004, Edinburgh, Scotland.


The need to interpret imprecise diagrams (those with malformed, missing or extraneous features) occurs in the automated assessment of diagrams. We outline our proposal for an architecture to enable the interpretation of imprecise diagrams. We discuss our preliminary work on an assessment tool, developed within this architecture, for automatically grading answers to a computer architecture examination question. Early indications are that performance is similar to that of human markers. We will be using Entity-Relationship Diagrams (ERDs) as the primary application area for our investigation of automated assessment. This paper will detail our reasons for choosing this area and outline the work ahead.

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