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Analyzing answer_log files

Analyzing answer_log files

by Yoav Freund -
Number of replies: 1
The data in answer_log provides detailed information on the students. I am planning to write some PERL scripts to process this information, identify problems with which students are having a hard time and summarize the kind of mistakes that they are having.

Before I start writing this script I wanted to ask whether somebody else has done so.


In reply to Yoav Freund

Re: Analyzing answer_log files

by Michael Gage -

It's wise to ask these questions on the forums.  I hope everyone continues to do so. :-)

To the best of my knowledge no-one has written perl scripts to process this particular information.  However check with Aaron Wangberg at Winona State University because he has mined other similar information from the WeBWork database.

More importantly consider looking at webwork version ww2.5.2 (currently a reasonably stable beta -- but definitely not released yet).  The addition of the  essayQuestion type by Geoff Goehle at Western Carolina University also replaces the answer_log by a database table that serves the same purpose. You might prefer to develop for the beta version of WeBWorK or at least be aware that your perl script might soon have to be adapted to accept input from a database instead of from a log file.

-- Mike

To get version ww2.5.2 look in github.com/openwebwork/webwork2-dev branch ww2.5.2.   

See also http://webwork.maa.org/wiki/Release_notes_for_WeBWorK_2.5.2