Automated Evaluation of Discourse Coherence Quality in Essay Writing

Authored by: Jill Burstein , Joel Tetreault , Martin Chodorow , Daniel Blanchard , Slava Andreyev

Handbook of Automated Essay Evaluation

Print publication date:  April  2013
Online publication date:  July  2013

Print ISBN: 9781848729957
eBook ISBN: 9780203122761
Adobe ISBN: 9781136334801

10.4324/9780203122761.ch16

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Abstract

Discourse coherence is an essential criterion for essay evaluation as illustrated in scoring rubric criteria for standardized writing assessments. 1 In this chapter we discuss different perspectives that aim to define text coherence; the tangible criteria that illustrate discourse coherence quality in scoring rubrics that motivate the need for including these analysis in automated essay scoring systems; linguistic properties in essay data that contribute to discourse coherence; and a description of how these features can be modeled to build a system that generates coherence quality scores for student and test-taker essay writing.

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