ERIC Number: ED074729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr-20
Reference Count: N/A
Research In Computer-Assisted Explanation Applied To Navy Training Manuals. Final Report 1 March 71 - 29 February 72.
Berkeley, Edmund C.
Research was conducted to show that the computer can assist human beings in determining which words in a Navy training manual need further clarification. The computer scanned a chapter of a training manual (9800 words long) and separated all words of two or more syllables into an "assumed audience vocabulary" (i.e., words the audience would be expected to know) and a list of words which needed further definition, explanation, or clarification. A revised version of the chapter was produced on the basis of the computer's list. This study has application in the writing of training manuals. The report also describes a dozen operating computer programs dealing with number of syllables, nature of words and their frequency of use in a passsge, number of sentences, combination or separation of vocabularies, etc. (Author/JK)
Descriptors: Classification, Computer Oriented Programs, Military Training, Readability, Technical Writing, Vocabulary, Word Frequency, Word Lists
National Technical Information Service, Springfield, Virginia 22151 (AD-751 042; MF $0.95; HC $3.00)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Naval Research, Arlington, VA. Personnel and Training Research Programs Office.
Authoring Institution: Berkeley Enterprises, Inc., Newtonville, MA.