Google Launches “Reading Filter”

by Mick Meaney

Google has added a new feature to search engine results pages (SERPs) that allows surfers to check the “reading level” of websites.

The new search filter can be switched on via the Advanced Search and websites are rated as; basic, intermediate, or advanced.

Google hired teachers to grade webpages and created a model that could be applied to any webpage.

Google’s Product Manager, Web Search, Nundu, said: “The feature is based primarily on statistical models we built with the help of teachers. We paid teachers to classify pages for different reading levels, and then took their classifications to build a statistical model. With this model, we can compare the words on any webpage with the words in the model to classify reading levels. We also use data from Google Scholar, since most of the articles in Scholar are advanced.”

And just incase you’re wondering, here’s what the RINF reading level looked like this morning: