Classic Children’s Literature - Difficult to Read?

  • Dolf Trieschnigg
  • Claudia Hauff
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-20161-5_72

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6611)
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Trieschnigg D., Hauff C. (2011) Classic Children’s Literature - Difficult to Read?. In: Clough P. et al. (eds) Advances in Information Retrieval. ECIR 2011. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 6611. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dolf Trieschnigg
    • 1
  • Claudia Hauff
    • 2
  1. 1.DB groupUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.HMI groupUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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