Graduation Year

2018

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Linguistics and Cognitive Science

Reader 1

Deborah Burke

Reader 2

Stacey Wood

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Abstract

Psycholinguistic research shows that it is unreasonable to expect programmers to easily find minor typos in their otherwise correct code. The Python Error Support Tool PEST was designed and developed to address this. PEST offers an explanation for why the error happened and presents a list of possible fixes that will allow the user’s code to compile. This tool was evaluated by several students with a beginner’s level of expertise in Python, and feedback was generally positive with tangible steps for improvement.

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