Research on the Application of Content Analysis to Online Learning

J. Leng (Hong Kong), J. Liao, and R. Huang (Beijing)


Content Analysis, Hownet, Formal Concept Analysis


For the past ten years, computer-mediated communication has been a revolutionary tool to support instruction. Thus content analysis of computer-mediated communication needed to be employed to qualitatively analyze the electronic discourse. The paper describes a system that analyzes discussion content by combining word frequency counts with a key word in context analysis. In terms of the calculation of concept similarity, a formal concept lattice is implemented based on HowNet through mapping the concept, sememe and the relationship in HowNet into formal context. The application shows that it provides good foundation for the research of concept similarity based on the knowledge in HowNet.

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