Domain Model Discovery from Textbooks for Computer Programming Intelligent Tutors


  • Rabin Banjade University of Memphis
  • Priti Oli University of Memphis
  • Lasang Jimba Tamang
  • Jeevan Chapagain
  • Vasile Rus



Domain Modeling, key-concept extraction, Unsupervised learning, Intelligent Tutoring System


We present a novel approach to intro-to-programming domain model discovery from textbooks using an over-generation and ranking strategy. We first extract candidate key phrases from each chapter in a Computer Science textbook focusing on intro-to-programming and then rank those concepts according to a number of metrics such as the standard tf-idf weight used in information retrieval and metrics produced by other text ranking algorithms. Specifically, we conduct our work in the context of developing an intelligent tutoring system for source code comprehension for which a specification of the key programming concepts is needed - the system monitors students' performance on those concepts and scaffolds their learning process until they show mastery of the concepts. Our experiments with programming concept instruction from Java textbooks indicate that the statistical methods such as KP Miner method are quite competitive compared to other more sophisticated methods. Automated discovery of domain models will lead to more scalable Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITSs) across topics and domains, which is a major challenge that needs to be addressed if ITSs are to be widely used by millions of learners across many domains.

Author Biography

Priti Oli, University of Memphis

Computer Science




How to Cite

Banjade, R., Oli, P., Tamang, L. J., Chapagain, J., & Rus, V. (2021). Domain Model Discovery from Textbooks for Computer Programming Intelligent Tutors. The International FLAIRS Conference Proceedings, 34.



Special Track: Intelligent Learning Technologies