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A Comparison of Automatic Teaching Strategies for Heterogeneous Student Populations

Benjamin Clément 1 Pierre-Yves Oudeyer 1 Manuel Lopes 1
1 Flowers - Flowing Epigenetic Robots and Systems
Inria Bordeaux - Sud-Ouest, U2IS - Unité d'Informatique et d'Ingénierie des Systèmes
Abstract : Online planning of good teaching sequences has the potential to provide a truly personalized teaching experience with a huge impact on the motivation and learning of students. In this work we compare two main approaches to achieve such a goal, POMDPs that can find an optimal long-term path, and Multi-armed bandits that optimize policies locally and greedily but that are computationally more efficient while requiring a simpler learner model. Even with the availability of data from several tutoring systems, it is never possible to have a highly accurate student model or one that is tuned for each particular student. We study what is the impact of the quality of the student model on the final results obtained with the two algorithms. Our hypothesis is that the higher flexibility of multi-armed bandits in terms of the complexity and precision of the student model will compensate for the lack of longer term planning featured in POMDPs. We present several simulated results showing the limits and robustness of each approach and a comparison of heterogeneous populations of students.
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Benjamin Clément, Pierre-Yves Oudeyer, Manuel Lopes. A Comparison of Automatic Teaching Strategies for Heterogeneous Student Populations. EDM 16 - 9th International Conference on Educational Data Mining, Jun 2016, Raleigh, United States. ⟨hal-01360338⟩

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