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Applying discourse analysis and data mining methods to spoken OSCE assessments

M Mistica, T Baldwin, M Cordella, S Musgrave

Coling 2008 - 22nd International Conference on Computational Linguistics, Proceedings of the Conference | Published : 2008


This paper looks at the transcribed data of patient-doctor consultations in an examination setting. The doctors are internationally qualified and enrolled in a bridging course as preparation for their Australian Medical Council examination. In this study, we attempt to ascertain if there are measurable linguistic features of the consultations, and to investigate whether there is any relevant information about the communicative styles of the qualifying doctors that may predict satisfactory or non-satisfactory examination outcomes. We have taken a discourse analysis approach in this study, where the core unit of analysis is a 'turn'. We approach this problem as a binary classification task and..

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