Writing, particularly collaborative writing is a highly essential skill. Investigating how ideas and concepts are developed during the process of writing could be used to improve not only the quality of the written documents but more importantly the writing skills of those involved. In this paper, process mining is used to analyze the process that groups writers follow, and how the process correlates to the quality and semantic feature of the final product. Particularly, we develop heuristics to extract semantic meaning of text changes during writing. The semantic changes are then used to identify writing activities in writing processes. We also conduct a pilot study using documents collected from groups of undergraduate students writing collaboratively in order to evaluate the proposed heuristics and illustrate the applicability of process mining techniques in analyzing the process of writing.

Researchers: Vilaythong Southavilay, Kalina Yacef and Rafael A. Calvo