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FOG index (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.
18 unreadable
14 difficult
12 ideal
10 acceptable
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:
Comics95
Consumer ads82
Sports Illustrated65
Time57
New York Times39
Auto Insurance Policy10
IRS Code-6


Analysis of sample chapter from my novel:
FOG:185.31
FLESCH:-388.50
KINCAID:178.25


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
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max (207-237-165-183.s437.tnt1.nywct.ny.dialup.rcn.com) – 11.30.03 16:50:24
Congratulations...? I'll certainly give it a try, even in spite my 172-year disadvantage.
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Omagussssssssssss (dhcp-18-232.dsl.csuchico.edu) – 12.10.03 03:45:20
tom, did you score them yourself based on a rubric or did you use some sort of program to analyse it?
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Tom 7 (h-66-167-250-181.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 12.10.03 09:54:09
I used a program. I'd hate to count all those words and syllables by hand!
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Anonymous (dsl-201-128-92-123.prod-infinitum.com.mx) – 08.08.04 18:27:32
are there any similar formulas for listenability?
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Tom 7 (h-67-100-132-169.phlapafg.dynamic.covad.net) – 08.08.04 19:02:16
If only...
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Anonymous (cache-mtc-ab08.proxy.aol.com) – 12.02.04 11:43:33
what is the readability rate of barium induced fog?
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Tom 7 (gs82.sp.cs.cmu.edu) – 12.02.04 13:59:26
Very good question!
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