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Design, implementation, and evaluation of an approach for determining when programmers are having difficulty

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Design, implementation, and evaluation of an approach for determining when programmers are having difficulty
Previous research has motivated the idea of automatically determining when programmers are having difficulty, provided an initial algorithm (unimplemented in an actual system), and performed a small student-based evaluation to justify the viability of this concept. We have taken the next step in this line of research by designing and developing two-different systems that incorporate variations of the algorithm, implementing a tool that allows independent observers to code recorded sessions, and performing studies involving both student and industrial programmers. Our work shows that (a) it is possible to develop an efficient and reusable architecture for predicting programmer status, (b) the previous technique can be improved through aggregation of predicted status, (c) the improved technique correlates more with programmers' perception of whether they are stuck than that of observers manually watching the programmers, (d) the observers are quicker than the developers to conclude...
Jason Carter, Prasun Dewan
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Type Journal
Year 2010
Where GROUP
Authors Jason Carter, Prasun Dewan
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