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Flesch–Kincaid readability scores

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When i was posting something, one of my SEO tools told me – “your article scores bad on Flesch-Kincaid reading-ease test”. I had never heard of that and got curious – turned out hat this is very big.

This test was invented by two people (guest who by the name of the test) that were commissioned by the military to invent a standard test for manual reading difficulty assessment. It grew beyond that. The test shows how easily readable a material is. The higher score the easier to read. Scores are 0-100.

Score Notes
90.0–100.0 easily understood by an average 11-year-old student
60.0–70.0 easily understood by 13- to 15-year-old students
0.0–30.0 best understood by university graduates

src: Wikipedia

Now the test is used all over the place – some companies are even obliged to produce reading materials that have particular score. And they are obliged by law. Such an example is the insurance industry – the life insurance policies should score 45 and above. Ain’t that something?

For the most curious here is the formula:

Flesch–Kincaid readability formula

 

 

To be honest, the coefficients seem like magic to me but i guest there is good reason for them to be exactly 206.835, 1.105 and 84.6.

How understandable do you write?

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Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

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Confessions of an Economic Hitman

Confessions of an Economic Hitman

I recently read Confessions of an Economic Hitman and wanted to post a quick review.

The book is about a guy that is recruited by US Secret Services and commissioned by a big US engineering company  to go to underdeveloped but resource rich countries and make false economic predictions (overly optimistic) so that the international financial institutions are justified to lend these countries huge loans that are evidently impossible to pay back. This way these countries are put in dependency and used for their resources. The mentioned countries include Ecuador, Panama, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia, Iraq.

Some parts of the book didn’t sound very credible to me so i did my little research – that the author has really been in that company and worked that job. Stories about Panama canal agreement, Saudi Arabia rise and the allegedly invoked death of the Panama and Ecuador leaders due to their disobedience sound, astoundingly real.

I would recommend this book to anyone willing to learn some new things especially for Latin America politics. It is easy to read and historical events are told in a good way. Take stories with a grain of salt. though and you should be fine.