Anne Eschenbruecher


What Makes a Concept Complex? Measuring Conceptual Complexity as a Precursor for Text Simplification
Anne Eschenbruecher
Proceedings of the Translation and Interpreting Technology Online Conference

Advancements within the field of text simplification (TS) have primarily been within syntactic or lexical simplification. However, conceptual simplification has previously been identified as another field of TS that has the potential to significantly improve reading comprehension. A first step to measuring conceptual simplification is the classification of concepts as either complex or simple. This research-in-progress paper proposes a new definition of conceptual complexity alongside a simple machine-learning approach that performs a binary classification task to distinguish between simple and complex concepts. It is proposed that this be a first step when developing new text simplification models that operate on a conceptual level.