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CLT seminar: Sowmya Vajjala - Readability Assessment for Sentences: Motivation, Methods and Evaluation

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Automatic Readability Assessment deals with evaluating the reading difficulty of a text for a given target audience. In general, a "text" means a larger piece of text. However, in certain scenarios, it becomes important to understand readability at a more fine grained level, like a sentence.

In my talk, I will discuss our past and on-going research on building and evaluating sentence level readability models for English. I will focus on questions like: (a) Can document level models be directly used for sentences? (b) Is it possible to accurately compare sentences in terms of their readability level? (c) Where will this kind of analysis be useful?

My talk is in the context of automatic text simplification. However, the approach may be useful in general in other scenarios where sentence level readability estimates are needed.

Initial part of this talk was presented at EACL 2014, in April.

Sowmya Vajjala and Detmar Meurers: "On assessing the reading level of individual sentences for text simplification", Proceedings of the 14th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, 2014. pages 288-297. (http://www.aclweb.org/anthology/E/E14/E14-1031.pdf).

Date: 2014-11-20 10:30 - 11:30

Location: L308, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 8

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