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Thursday, October 7th, 2004
12:27a - more stats
i found the perl module (Lingua::EN::Fathom) that i was looking for. it provides "readability and general measurements of English text". granted, these were meant to be run on written, not spoken, word, but:


    The Fog index, developed by Robert Gunning, is a well known and simple formula for measuring readability. The index indicates the number of years of formal education a reader of average intelligence would need to read the text once and understand that piece of writing with its word sentence workload.
    18 unreadable
    14 difficult
    12 ideal
    10 acceptable
     8 childish

    This score rates text on a 100 point scale. The higher the score, the easier it is to understand the text. A score of 60 to 70 is considered to be optimal.

    This score rates text on U.S. grade school level. So a score of 8.0 means that the document can be understood by an eighth grader. A score of 7.0 to 8.0 is considered to be optimal.

out of curiosity, i ran it on a paper that (wicked smart) geeklet recently sent me:
Fog                        : 21.1004
Flesch                     : 15.9839
Flesch-Kincaid             : 17.9149

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