ERIC Number: ED074152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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A Scheme for Text Analysis Using Fortran.
Koether, Mary E.; Coke, Esther U.
Using string-manipulation algorithms, FORTRAN computer programs were designed for analysis of written material. The programs measure length of a text and its complexity in terms of the average length of words and sentences, map the occurrences of keywords or phrases, calculate word frequency distribution and certain indicators of style. Trials of the programs, in studies of readability and reading rate, in aiding editors, in grading essays, and in identifying sources of response bias in multiple choice tests, demonstrate the potential applications of these algorithms in educational research and the usefulness of augmenting FORTRAN's computational facilities with character-processing capability. (Author)
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Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, February 25-March 1, 1973)