Plain Language Assessment of Statutes [chapter]

Wolfgang Alschner, Daniel D'Alimonte, Giovanni C. Giuga, Sophie Gadbois
2020 Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications  
Legislative drafters use plain language drafting techniques to increase the readability of statutes in several Anglo-American jurisdictions. Existing readability metrics, such as Flesch-Kincaid, however, are a poor proxy for how effectively drafters incorporate these guidelines. This paper proposes a rules-based operationalization of the literature's readability measures and tests them on legislation that underwent plain language rewriting. The results suggest that our readability metrics
more » ... e a more holistic representation of a statute's readability compared to traditional techniques. Future machine-learning classifications promise to further improve the detection of complex features, such as nominalizations.
doi:10.3233/faia200865 fatcat:a5dpx7dmkrhvfcakezfzhvtu4i