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Meaningful Categorisation of Novice Programmer Errors

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 Frontiers In Education Conference
Place of PublicationMadrid, Spain
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2014

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The frequency of different kinds of error made by students learning to write computer programs has long been of interest to researchers and educators. In the past, various studies investigated this topic, usually by recording and analysing compiler error messages, and producing tables of relative frequencies of specific errors diagnostics produced by the compiler. In this paper, we improve on such prior studies by investigating actual logical errors in student code, as opposed to diagnostic messages produced by the compiler. The actual errors reported here are more precise, more detailed and more accurate than the diagnostic produced automatically.

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