Impact of methodological choices on the evaluation of student models

June 8, 2020

Abstract

The evaluation of student models involves many methodological decisions, e.g., the choice of performance metric, data filtering, and cross-validation setting. Such issues may seem like technical details, and they do not get much attention in published research. Nevertheless, their impact on experiments can be significant. We report experiments with six models for predicting problem-solving times in four introduc- tory programming exercises. Our focus is not on these models per se but rather on the methodological choices necessary for performing these experiments. The results show, particularly, the importance of the choice of performance metric, including details of its computation and presentation.

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