Mathematical knowledge assessment on the World Wide Web
Dear ActiveMath Forum users,
This forum post is not directly about the ActiveMath project and if you feel this message does not belong here, please delete it and forgive my intrusion.
I am currently working on a research project for an MSc degree in computer science at the Open University in the UK. In short terms, the project is about mathematical knowledge assessment of the Web. It comprises three parts, two of which are also covered by the ActiveMath projet: authoring (1), representation (2) and comparison of mathematical formulae (3) on the Web.
Whereas there is a lot of resources and literature available on the first two parts, the third part is not quite so well covered. Basically, the idea is to compare a formula (equation) entered by a student with the solution, given previously by the teacher (the author of the exercise) to determine whether the answer given by the student is correct or not. As a simple example, imagine the answer given by the teacher is “x + 1” and the student’s answer is “1 + x”. For a human being, it is obvious that the student is correct, but the goal of my research project is to find and implement an algorithm that can detect this automatically, without the intervention of the teacher.
The question I would like to ask here is whether there are plans to implement such a feature into the ActiveMath project? If not, for what reasons? Furthermore, I would be very grateful for any hint or documentation which could aid me in my research.
Yours faithfully, Chris Leesch
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