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Using Latent Variable Models to Observe Academic Pathways

Gruver, Nate and Malik, Ali and Capoor, Brahm and PIech, Chris and Stevens, Mitchell. L. and Paepcke, Andreas (2019) Using Latent Variable Models to Observe Academic Pathways. In: Educational Data Mining (EDM 2019), July 2-5, 2019, Montreal, Canada.


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Understanding large-scale patterns in student course enrollment is a problem of great interest to university administrators and educational researchers. Yet important decisions are often made without a good quantitative framework of the process underlying student choices. We propose a probabilistic approach to modelling course enrollment decisions,drawing inspiration from multi label classification and mixture models. We use ten years of anonymized student transcripts from a large university to construct a Gaussian latent variable model that learns the joint distribution over course enrollments. The models allow for a diverse set of inference queries and robustness to data sparsity. We demonstrate the efficacy of this approach in comparison to others, including deep learning architectures, and demonstrate its ability to infer the underlying student interests that guide enrollment decisions.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
ID Code:1164
Deposited By:Andreas Paepcke
Deposited On:03 May 2019 16:21
Last Modified:03 May 2019 16:21

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