Advanced Distributed Learning - Memphis Intelligent Tutoring Systems Center
Text Analysis Using Computational Linguistics Tools Capabilities

The text analysis using computational linguistics tools service area in the ADL-CITSRD  has researchers with expertise in text and discourse comprehension methods. The primary goal of this area is to provide services to organizations and researchers on the readability and comprehension of written information. These services include analyzing written content (e.g. WebPages, brochures or questionnaires) and offering recommendations for making the content more comprehendible to a target audience. 

Typical Text Analysis using Computational Linguistics Tools

  • A typical use of the computational linguistic tools for text analysis would of an evaluation and a recommendation phase. The evaluation phase measures: 
    • Comprehension: How well should the target audience understand the current materials? 
  • Based on the evaluation of the data in the evaluation stage, recommendations can be made for improving the textual content. Recommendations can be made on improving comprehension in areas such as reading level, text cohesion, and question quality. 
    • Reading level: Identify the current reading level of the text along with recommendations for adjusting the text to the reading level of specific audiences. 
    • Text cohesion: Identify overall cohesion of the text and identify gaps in cohesion within the text 
    • Question quality: Flags potential problems in questions and provided feedback to improve the wording, syntax, and semantics of the questions. 


The ADL-CITSRD is located in the FedEx Institute of Technology (FIT) on the campus of the University of Memphis. Researchers associated with the center are faculty, researchers, post-doctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students in the Institute for Intelligent Systems (IIS). The center researchers have extensive experience in research, development, and evaluation of advanced learning environments.
Research Capabilities
Cognitive studies of learning systems
Impact study of Learning Technology in Applied Settings
Development Capabilities
ITS enhancement of learning content
Service Capabilities
Usability Analysis for Learning Environments
Text Analysis Using Computational Linguistics Tools
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