A Machine Learning Approach for One-Stop Learning

A Machine Learning Approach for One-Stop Learning

Marco A. Alvarez (Utah State University, USA) and SeungJin Lim (Utah State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2008 |Pages: 25
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-960-1.ch013
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Current search engines impose an overhead to motivated students and Internet users who employ the Web as a valuable resource for education. The user, searching for good educational materials for a technical subject, often spends extra time to filter irrelevant pages or ends up with commercial advertisements. It would be ideal if, given a technical subject by user who is educationally motivated, suitable materials with respect to the given subject are automatically identified by an affordable machine processing of the recommendation set returned by a search engine for the subject. In this scenario, the user can save a significant amount of time in filtering out less useful Web pages, and subsequently the user’s learning goal on the subject can be achieved more efficiently without clicking through numerous pages. This type of convenient learning is called One-Stop Learning (OSL). In this paper, the contributions made by Lim and Ko in (Lim and Ko, 2006) for OSL are redefined and modeled using machine learning algorithms. Four selected supervised learning algorithms: Support Vector Machine (SVM), AdaBoost, Naive Bayes and Neural Networks are evaluated using the same data used in (Lim and Ko, 2006). The results presented in this paper are promising, where the highest precision (98.9%) and overall accuracy (96.7%) obtained by using SVM is superior to the results presented by Lim and Ko. Furthermore, the machine learning approach presented here, demonstrates that the small set of features used to represent each Web page yields a good solution for the OSL problem.

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