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Studying writers’ revision patterns with S-notation analysis
2001 (English)In: Contemporary tools and techniques for studying writing, Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, 89-104 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter describes a computer-based technique for analysing revision and text production strategies, called S-notation. On the basis of a keystroke record, a representation is created of all revisions made in a text during a writing session, including their order and internal structure. The resulting representation is embedded in an interactive program, which enables both qualitative and quantitative analyses of revisions made during a writing session. The tools described also support automatic identification of connected episodes of revision, which are relevant for the study of individual and task-specific writing strategies. We present the methodological and theoretical rationale behind the development of the method, and the basic principles for the creation of the S-notation. Subsequently, we describe how the tools can be used to answer particular research questions, including a discussion of the limitations of a purely formal treatment of revision. A multi-level framework is outlined for how to gain knowledge of revision processes using different kinds of data. Finally, we summarize studies made by ourselves as well as other researchers using S-notation analysis

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Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001. 89-104 p.
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Computer and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-69622OAI: diva2:485633
NR 20140805Available from: 2012-01-29 Created: 2012-01-29Bibliographically approved

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