Paper: Readability Assessment for Text Simplification

ACL ID W10-1001
Title Readability Assessment for Text Simplification
Venue Innovative Use of NLP for Building Educational Applications
Year 2010

We describe a readability assessment ap- proach to support the process of text simplifi- cation for poor literacy readers. Given an in- put text, the goal is to predict its readability level, which corresponds to the literacy level that is expected from the target reader: rudi- mentary, basic or advanced. We complement features traditionally used for readability as- sessment with a number of new features, and experiment with alternative ways to model this problem using machine learning methods, namely classification, regression and ranking. The best resulting model is embedded in an authoring tool for Text Simplification.