(25 Nov 2003 at 18:39)
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.
|14|| difficult |
| 8|| childish |
The Flesch readability index, usually between 0 and 100, indicates how difficult the text is to read. Some examples for random material for various publications are:
|New York Times||39|
|Auto Insurance Policy||10|
Analysis of sample chapter from my novel:
In other words, you can understand my novel if you have 185 years of formal education. In other words, my novel rules!!
Word count: 41600
|Congratulations...? I'll certainly give it a try, even in spite my 172-year disadvantage.|
|tom, did you score them yourself based on a rubric or did you use some sort of program to analyse it?|
|I used a program. I'd hate to count all those words and syllables by hand!|
|are there any similar formulas for listenability?|
|what is the readability rate of barium induced fog?|
|Very good question!|