An easy way to get started with automated essay scoring
Wow, it’s been way too long since I have updated this blog! I am going to start making more frequent updates, and I have some cool things in the pipeline, so bear with me.
Last year, I wrote this post on automated essay scoring. This was essentially distilling my experience with automated essay scoring and trying to introduce it to people unfamiliar with it. I got a lot of great reaction, and based on this post, and some of my other work in the field, I get a lot of emails about the topic.
Most people who email me want to know how to get started with automated essay scoring. I always struggle with where to point them, because none of the tools that exist right now (including ones written by me!) are extremely easy to use.
A couple of weeks ago, I reached a tipping point, and told myself that I wouldn’t give another person a non-answer, and started working on an easy-to-use, and open source, essay scoring server. You can find it here.
I will go into more detail about how I made it and how the algorithm works later on, but the keys for now are:
- Web interface that makes it easy to create problems and enter essays
- Visual feedback on how the model is scoring
- Easy to install and start using
- Good unit test coverage for the algorithm (>90%)
- Easy to develop on with vagrant
The primary caveat is that I made this in 1.5 days. It works, and people have tested it, but some parts are unpolished, and there are likely bugs that I don’t know about.
Please feel free to reach out if you want to contribute, or just want to chat about this. I’m excited to see how people use it!