sk_p: a neural program corrector for MOOCs
Author(s)Pu, Yewen; Narasimhan, Karthik Rajagopal; Solar Lezama, Armando; Barzilay, Regina
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We present a novel technique for automatic program correction in MOOCs, capable of fixing both syntactic and semantic errors without manual, problem specific correction strategies. Given an incorrect student program, it generates candidate programs from a distribution of likely corrections, and checks each candidate for correctness against a test suite. The key observation is that in MOOCs many programs share similar code fragments, and the seq2seq neural network model, used in the natural-language processing task of machine translation, can be modified and trained to recover these fragments. Experiment shows our scheme can correct 29% of all incorrect submissions and out-performs state of the art approach which requires manual, problem specific correction strategies.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Companion Proceedings of the 2016 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity - SPLASH Companion 2016
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Pu, Yewen, Karthik Narasimhan, Armando Solar-Lezama, and Regina Barzilay. “Sk_p: a Neural Program Corrector for MOOCs.” Companion Proceedings of the 2016 ACM SIGPLAN International Conference on Systems, Programming, Languages and Applications: Software for Humanity - SPLASH Companion 2016 (2016). doi:10.1145/2984043.2989222.