Is there a better alternative for "computerize"? Although the word is used in many writings, it doesn't sound good to me. I don't like it. For the context: consider a psychological test (e.g., an IQ test) that was used to be administered manually, is going to be computerized so that it could run on personal computers.

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    Do you mean to put something written or sounded into a digital format ("digitize")? Or to write an algorithm to have a computer solve a task in the same way that a person does?
    – rajah9
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 18:55
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    @rajah9 If OP is seeking a word with your latter sense (the algorithmic one), I'd suggest automate.
    – Dan Bron
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 19:02
  • Great suggestion, @DanBron.
    – rajah9
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 19:05
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    The term "computerize" could be taken to mean many different things, up to and including "turn into a computer". :) We should be asking our guest @EhsanAbd for more information instead of making assumptions. Ehsan, can you elaborate on the context of "computerized" that is most relevant to your question?
    – R Mac
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 19:34
  • Well, I've used "computerears" a few times. (But "computermouth" just doesn't have the right connotation.)
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Apr 24, 2015 at 19:35

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Although there is not a perfect solution to a problem of specificity ("computerize" is probably the modern word you want but are justifiably hesitant to use), I suggest the use of the word "program". While it may itself be mildly ambiguous, it should satisfy in context.

I hate that we waste all this paper for this assessment, especially when we have to enter the data into a computer later. Can't we program the test?


A good analogy for the OP's psychometric test may be the GRE.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) has both tests that use a number 2 pencil and that use a keyboard and mouse.

They call the former a Paper-delivered test. They call the latter a computer-delivered test. The ETS site does not have any information on when the computer-delivered test was first administered to students, nor what they called the process of creating / programming / computerizing said test.

This sounds tinny to my ear, but let's soldier on.

I suppose one could say: create a computer-delivered test.

A programmer might program or implement a computer-based test.


Since a test like this cannot be considered to be exactly the same thing if administered in different forms, I would consider this to be a new version of the test, which is appropriate as it is a piece of software. Along with this, you can point out the important difference in the new version, which is that it is for a personal computer, commonly abbreviated as "PC".

This has traditionally been a paper test, but will soon be released in a PC version.


"Consider a psychological test (e.g., an IQ test) that was used to be administered manually, is going to be reformatted to run on personal computers and other devices."

Another suggestion: "is going to be adapted for deployment on personal computers and other devices."

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