Paper: Assessing the relative reading level of sentence pairs for text simplification

ACL ID E14-1031
Title Assessing the relative reading level of sentence pairs for text simplification
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 2014
Authors

While the automatic analysis of the read- ability of texts has a long history, the use of readability assessment for text simplifi- cation has received only little attention so far. In this paper, we explore readability models for identifying differences in the reading levels of simplified and unsimpli- fied versions of sentences. Our experiments show that a relative rank- ing is preferable to an absolute binary one and that the accuracy of identifying rel- ative simplification depends on the ini- tial reading level of the unsimplified ver- sion. The approach is particularly success- ful in classifying the relative reading level of harder sentences. In terms of practical relevance, the ap- proach promises to be useful for identi- fying particularly relevant targets for sim- plification and...