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written by Richard Vawter
Considering a student's examination as one state of a system which consists of the set of all possible examinations, a new method for evaluating multiple choice examinations is developed by measuring the entropy state of a student's exam above the "thermal background level" (the most probable state). The entropy grade is shown to contain standard scoring as a special case when both the number of questions given and the number of possible selections become large. The entropy grade is also shown to be related to the information it takes a student to go from one state of understanding to another state of understanding. The student's state of understanding is characterized either by his personal probability that his selections will be correct or by experimentally measured probability that the students's selections were correct.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 47, Issue 4, Pages 320-324
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10.1119/1.11836
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EDUCATION, ENTROPY, PROBABILITY, STATISTICAL MECHANICS, TESTING
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R. Vawter, Am. J. Phys. 47 (4), 320 (1979), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.11836).
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R. Vawter, Entropy state of a multiple choice examination and the evaluation of understanding, Am. J. Phys. 47 (4), 320 (1979), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.11836>.
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Vawter, R. (1979, April 1). Entropy state of a multiple choice examination and the evaluation of understanding. Am. J. Phys., 47(4), 320-324. Retrieved October 30, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.11836
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Vawter, Richard. "Entropy state of a multiple choice examination and the evaluation of understanding." Am. J. Phys. 47, no. 4, (April 1, 1979): 320-324, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.11836 (accessed 30 October 2014).
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Vawter, Richard. "Entropy state of a multiple choice examination and the evaluation of understanding." Am. J. Phys. 47.4 (1979): 320-324. 30 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.11836>.
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