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Estimating readability with the Strathclyde readability measure

Weir, G.R.S. and Ritchie, C. (2006) Estimating readability with the Strathclyde readability measure. In: ICT in the Analysis, Teaching and Learning of Languages, Preprints of the ICTATLL Workshop 2006, 2006-08-21 - 2006-08-22, Glasgow, UK.

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    Abstract

    Despite their significant limitations, readability measures that are easy to apply have definite appeal. With this in mind, we have been exploring the prospects for more insightful measures that are computer-based and, thereby, still easily applied. The orthodox reliance on intrinsic syntactic features is an inherent limitation of most readability measures, since they have no reference to the likelihood that readers will be acquainted with the constituent words and phrases. To accommodate this feature of 'human familiarity', we have devised a metric that combines traditional factors, such as Average Sentence Length, with a measure of word 'commonality' based upon word frequency. This paper details the derivation, nature and application of the Strathclyde Readability Measure (SRM).

    Item type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
    ID code: 2380
    Keywords: readability measures, information technology, teaching and learning, readability, Electronic computers. Computer science
    Subjects: Science > Mathematics > Electronic computers. Computer science
    Department: Faculty of Science > Computer and Information Sciences
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      Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
      Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2007
      Last modified: 07 Sep 2014 05:43
      URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/2380

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