Advances in Information Retrieval

Volume 6611 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 691-694

Classic Children’s Literature - Difficult to Read?

  • Dolf TrieschniggAffiliated withDB group, University of Twente
  • , Claudia HauffAffiliated withHMI group, University of Twente

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Classic children’s literature such as is nowadays freely available thanks to initiatives such as Project Gutenberg. Due to diverging vocabularies and style, these texts are often not readily understandable to children in the present day. Our goal is to make such texts more accessible by aiding children in the reading process, in particular by automatically identifying the terms that result in low readability. As a first step, in this poster we report on a preliminary user study that investigates the extent of the vocabulary problem. We also propose and evaluate a basic approach to detect such difficult terminology.