Using patterns in the automatic marking of ER-Diagrams

Thomas, Pete; Waugh, Kevin and Smith, Neil (2006). Using patterns in the automatic marking of ER-Diagrams. In: 11th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, 26-28 Jun 2006, Bologna, Italy.



This paper illustrates how the notion of pattern can be used in the automatic analysis and synthesis of diagrams, applied particularly to the automatic marking of ER-diagrams. The paper describes how diagram patterns fit into a general framework for diagram interpretation and provides examples of how patterns can be exploited in other fields. Diagram patterns are defined and specified within the area of ER-diagrams. The paper also shows how patterns are being exploited in a revision tool for understanding ER-diagrams.

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