Puritan Author Reading Difficulty Chart?

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Justin Gatlin | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Dec 14 2018 10:05 PM

I made an Excel Spreadsheet which might help.

It normalizes each element, multiplies the z-score by its weight and then adds it up (high is good for ratings and popularity, it is bad for reading grade level), so once you were done, you could sort by that column from low to high to get a ranking, based on your weights. If you use the Internet Archive, you can get .txt files of most of these books, and just copy and paste that URL into the readability site that Rosie mentioned. I would not personally invest much more time in it than I already have, because those automatic reading difficulty tools rely only on word and sentence length. Unfamiliar words are the issue with the Puritans more than those factors.


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