Modern Standard Arabic Readability Prediction

  • Naoual NassiriEmail author
  • Abdelhak Lakhouaja
  • Violetta Cavalli-Sforza
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 782)


Reading is the most critical skill for satisfactory progress in school, as well as being highly important for access to information throughout one’s life. For this reason, readability is one of the main challenges when choosing academic texts for learners or for readers in general, and especially with materials containing important information, such as newspapers and medical or legal articles. Readability refers to the ability of a text to be understood by the reader. Readability level prediction is an important measure in several domains, but primarily in education. In the current paper we present our approach to readability prediction for Modern Standard Arabic. This method is based on 170 features of measuring different types of text characteristics. We have used a corpus of 230 Arabic texts, annotated with the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) scale, and a frequency dictionary obtained using Tashkeela corpora. The results obtained are very encouraging and better than for previously presented work.


Readability Modern Standard Arabic Machine learning Classification Arabic readability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Naoual Nassiri
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdelhak Lakhouaja
    • 1
  • Violetta Cavalli-Sforza
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Computer Science, Faculty of SciencesUniversity Mohamed FirstOujdaMorocco
  2. 2.School of Science and EngineeringAI Akhawayn UniversityIfraneMorocco

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