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Not sure whether this is good, or bad (or even valid). Volokh's place is rated as Junior High.

Posted by Rand Simberg at November 10, 2007 09:24 AM
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Well, this plays well for those of us who openly admitted here, just days ago, that we had a low level of formal education.

But seriously, I'm finding it hard to believe that this blog is rated at a High School Reading Level given the topics, science content, political and historical give and take. The average high schooler may "read" the words, but comprehension is another matter.

Posted by Steve at November 10, 2007 11:00 AM

My guess is that the rating is based on vocabulary, and complexity of sentence structure.

Posted by Rand Simberg at November 10, 2007 11:14 AM

Protein Wisdom was rated as High School too. Jeff can and does weave quite a sentence.

Posted by Bill Maron at November 10, 2007 12:39 PM

I wonder what it takes to be college level? Do they have a grad-school level?

Posted by Rand Simberg at November 10, 2007 01:37 PM

> My guess is that the rating is based on vocabulary, and complexity of sentence structure.

Yeah, typically these "readability tests" tend to be incredibly simple calculations, just a linear function of word and sentence length:

Posted by Neil H. at November 10, 2007 03:22 PM

Yes, they do have a grad school level, and even Genius! Dr. Helen is at Genius level, and I checked my old website, which came up at Post-grad, which I found quite surprising.

Dean's World, where I write now, is also at High School, which I would've thought to have a higher reading level than my old work, due to the amount of technical stuff at DW.

Posted by Trudy W. Schuett at November 10, 2007 03:33 PM

It would be curious to evaluate the main post, quotes included in the main post, and the comments separately.

Posted by Al at November 10, 2007 10:10 PM

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