Readability of the web: a study on 1 billion web pages

Marije de Heus, Djoerd Hiemstra

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Abstract

We have performed a readability study on more than 1 billion web pages. The Automated Readability Index was used to determine the average grade level required to easily comprehend a website. Some of the results are that a 16-year-old can easily understand 50% of the web and an 18-year old can easily understand 77% of the web. This information can be used in a search engine to lter websites that are likely to be incomprehensible for younger users.
Original languageUndefined
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop, DIR 2013
PublisherCEUR
Pages66-67
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013
Event13th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop, DIR 2013 - Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 26 Apr 201326 Apr 2013
Conference number: 13

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherCEUR
Volume986
ISSN (Print)1613-0073

Workshop

Workshop13th Dutch-Belgian Information Retrieval Workshop, DIR 2013
Abbreviated titleDIR
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period26/04/1326/04/13

Keywords

  • EWI-23279
  • IR-88453
  • METIS-299963

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