Essay-BR: a Brazilian Corpus of Essays

05/19/2021 ∙ by Jeziel C. Marinho, et al. ∙ 0

Automatic Essay Scoring (AES) is defined as the computer technology that evaluates and scores the written essays, aiming to provide computational models to grade essays either automatically or with minimal human involvement. While there are several AES studies in a variety of languages, few of them are focused on the Portuguese language. The main reason is the lack of a corpus with manually graded essays. In order to bridge this gap, we create a large corpus with several essays written by Brazilian high school students on an online platform. All of the essays are argumentative and were scored across five competencies by experts. Moreover, we conducted an experiment on the created corpus and showed challenges posed by the Portuguese language. Our corpus is publicly available at https://github.com/rafaelanchieta/essay.

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