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Amazon’s Text Stats and a Little Orwell

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  1. John Armstrong says:

    All these examples show is just how horribly reductive these indices are. The readability of a text simply cannot be reduced to a statistical analysis of its syntax with total disregard to its semantics.

    Incidentally the Declaration of Independence has a Gunning-Fog index of 15.7. Evidently one can’t understand the founding precepts of our nation until one is almost through college.

  2. Deven Desai says:

    John, I agree and thanks for finding the Declaration number as an example of the index’s oddity. I’m curious, where did you find it or did you calculate it on your own?