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A Simple Post-Processing Technique for Improving Readability Assessment of Texts using Word Mover's Distance

by   Joseph Marvin Imperial, et al.

Assessing the proper difficulty levels of reading materials or texts in general is the first step towards effective comprehension and learning. In this study, we improve the conventional methodology of automatic readability assessment by incorporating the Word Mover's Distance (WMD) of ranked texts as an additional post-processing technique to further ground the difficulty level given by a model. Results of our experiments on three multilingual datasets in Filipino, German, and English show that the post-processing technique outperforms previous vanilla and ranking-based models using SVM.


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