31 août 2014

Why Well-Formed Nonsense Doesn’t Matter

http://chronicle.com/img/photos/biz/linguafranca-45.pngBy . I’d like to add one more point on the topic of my post “Computer Says B-Plus.” My modest suggestion was this: If a computer program trained on essays graded by humans could learn enough about the superficial form of academic prose to reliably assign suitable grades to newly presented essays (where “suitable” means “close to what a qualified human grader would have assigned”), that could put a useful tool in the hands of a diligent student who wanted to get anonymous, private, and patient assessments of essay drafts before handing in the final product. More...

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