Letting the Genie Out of the Lamp: Using Natural Language Processing Tools to Predict Math Performance
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This study examines links between natural language processing and its application in math education. Specifically, the study examines language production and math success in an on-line, blended learning math program. Unlike previous studies that have relied on correlational analyses between linguistic knowledge tests and standardized math tests or compared math success between proficient and non-proficient speakers of English, this study examines the linguistic features of students’ language production while e-mailing a virtual pedagogical agent. In addition, the study examines a number of non-linguistic features such as grade and objective met within the program. The findings indicate that linguistic features related to the use of standardized language use explain around 8% of math success. These linguistic features outperform non-linguistic features.