A Regression Analysis Approach for Feature Selection in Student Achievement Data

Ahmed M. Elmassry, Abdulla Alshamsi, Ahmed F. Abdulhameed, Mohamed A. Sharaf, Nazar Zaki, Hassan Khosravi

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Abstract

TIMSS is a global standardized assessment of mathematics and science knowledge, skills, and achievement of students in grades four and eight. The data generated from the 64 countries and 8 benchmarking entities participated in TIMSS 2019 is enormous and worth exploring and analyzing. This work aims to identify the significant factors that affect students' scores in mathematics in Grade 8 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), using the data exported from the TIMSS 2019 dataset. Towards this, we leverage Linear Regression modeling, together with backward elimination techniques with the objective of: 1) maximizing the accuracy of predicting student performance, and 2) minimizing the number of identified significant features that contribute to student performance. Out of the hundreds of features (i.e., variables) collected in the TIMSS dataset, our experimental evaluation identified 17 features as the most significant in affecting student performance. Those identified features span multiple categories, including variables related to the categories of: student (9 features), home (3 features), teacher (2 features), classroom (1 feature), and use of technology (2 features).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2023 15th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, IIT 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages32-37
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9798350382396
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Event15th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, IIT 2023 - Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
Duration: Nov 14 2023Nov 15 2023

Publication series

Name2023 15th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, IIT 2023

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Innovations in Information Technology, IIT 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
CityAl Ain
Period11/14/2311/15/23

Keywords

  • Feature Selection
  • Regression
  • TIMSS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems

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