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    Flesch-Kincaid inconsistencies (2003/SP2)

    What might cause two users, both using Word 2003/SP2, to get different readability scores (Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level) on the same document or part of a document?

    Some colleagues are trying to judge the readability of a document, but the numbers come out differently on their different machines. We're baffled. Any insight welcome.

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    Re: Flesch-Kincaid inconsistencies (2003/SP2)

    I found this inconsistency mentioned in the newsgroups. Apparently Word isn't doing a very good job at calculating these scores. But since they're completely meaningless anyway, no harm is done. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Flesch-Kincaid inconsistencies (2003/SP2)

    Yes, I agree the scores are meaningless. But our overlords love "metrics" of all kinds.

    Maybe my real question is this: why would Word be consistently inconsistent? For example, yesterday, on a single document, two users had the same F-K score and a third user had a different one. Then, on a different document, the same two users had the same F-K score and the third user again had a different one. We are all using the same version of Word. Might something in the third user's settings be interfering with the F-K result?

    I'll look in on the newsgroups too. Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Flesch-Kincaid inconsistencies (2003/SP2)

    Did you check the settings for the readability statistics for the different users?

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    Re: Flesch-Kincaid inconsistencies (2003/SP2)

    I didn't, because I didn't know there were settings for readability statistics. Is this the same as the "Grammar Settings" (Tools>Options>Spelling & Grammar>Settings)?

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    Re: Flesch-Kincaid inconsistencies (2003/SP2)

    I thought so, but I'm not sure - I never use this feature.

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