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George R [PersonRank 10]

Friday, December 17, 2010
11 years ago7,875 views

Google web search has a reading level filter.
http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Web%20Search/thread?tid=60e0869f5f9fad86&hl=en
http://searchengineland.com/google-lets-you-dumb-down-your-search-results-with-reading-level-filter-58442

examples:

[site:blogoscoped.com] http://www.google.com/search?q=site:blogoscoped.com&tbs=rl:1
50% basic http://www.google.com/search?q=site:blogoscoped.com&tbs=rl:1,rls:0
48% intermediate http://www.google.com/search?q=site:blogoscoped.com&tbs=rl:1,rls:1
<1% advanced http://www.google.com/search?q=site:blogoscoped.com&tbs=rl:1,rls:2

[example] http://www.google.com/search?q=example&tbs=rl:1
["all that cold cold wet day"] http://www.google.com/search?as_epq=all+that+cold+cold+wet+day&tbs=rl:1
[twas brillig] http://www.google.com/search?q=twas+brillig&tbs=rl:1
[├żeodcyninga] http://www.google.com/search?q=%C3%BEeodcyninga&tbs=rl:1
[Whilom olde tellen] http://www.google.com/search?q=Whilom+olde+tellen&tbs=rl:1

The feature can be selected from the advanced search page or with the below parameters.

tbs=rl:1 annotate
tbs=rl:1,rls:0 only basic
tbs=rl:1,rls:1 only intermediate
tbs=rl:1,rls:2 only advanced

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

What site has the highest percentage of "Advanced" pages?

I thought uclue.com was quite high at 9%, but wikipedia.org is way above that at 31% and (surprising to me) britannica.com is at 37%.

Foxnews.com is 2%, by comparison.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

stanford.edu -> 64% advanced
harvard.edu -> 84% advanced

George R [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

An advanced reading level is very different than an advanced concept. Reading levels are often rated by age or education level. More readable documents score a lower age as their reading level. Some documents may have an advanced reading level because they are very poorly written. Wikipedia should not strive for an advanced reading level.

George R [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I wonder if they used this as their reference point.

[site:guttenberg.org] 100% intermediate
http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aguttenberg.org&tbs=rl%3A1

George R [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I found some other sites that are 100% intermediate. I suspect that Google has not yet graded their reading levels.

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

I'm surprised this wasn't introduced into labs instead of going live.

George R [PersonRank 10]

11 years ago #

Compare the first two.

[est] lr=lang_fr basic 33% intermediate 33% advanced 33%
http://www.google.com/search?q=est&tbs=rl%3A1&lr=lang_fr

[les est] basic 25% intermediate 26% advanced 48%
http://www.google.com/search?q=les+est&tbs=rl%3A1

[ext:pdf] basic 1% intermediate 44% advanced 54%
http://www.google.com/search?q=ext%3Apdf&tbs=rl%3A1

[ext:c] basic 5% intermediate 64% advanced 30%
http://www.google.com/search?q=ext%3Ac&tbs=rl%3A1

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