Advances in Computer-Based Human Assessment by Sidney H. Irvine, Peter L. Dann (auth.), Peter L. Dann,

By Sidney H. Irvine, Peter L. Dann (auth.), Peter L. Dann, Sidney H. Irvine, Janet M. Collis (eds.)

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This does little more than summarise the elements so far proposed and give some indication of their relationships. The only novel element is a provision to allow some additional input in the form of ancillary data and external hypotheses. The ancillary data might be in the form of previous test results, associated physiological data, the results of physical neurological tests, or information about educational attainment. Potential sources of relevant data of this kind must be made available to the system in some way.

Here the model is the 'expert' (and might well incorporate structures derived by the means employed in the design of conventional expert Intelligent Cognitive Systems systems) and the description which the system determines. of 47 performance is the 'decision' The inferential system which would interact with the internal model would provide the system with two principal functions: the ability to perform internal manipulations upon the model, and to determine the form of output which the system generated.

If machines have emotions, as some believe, then that system is utterly bored. Little of its potential power is being employed. The problem lies in deciding how that power can usefully be applied. The traditional psychometric technology was evolved to operate within the performance limits of a human text examiner, and was severely limited by the processing capacity available in that system. Remove that limitation, and we are lost as to what an effective and efficient assessment system might be like.

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