Hebrew Reading Ease

Overview

The Hebrew Reading Ease is a scale based on word frequency. The script iterates through the Hebrew Bible and generates a frequency index of each word that occurs. Then, the script works back through the text and generates a difficulty average for each passage. The concept is that the more frequently words occur, the easier it will be to recognize and read them. Thus, a passage with a high score should be easier to read and a passage with a low score should be more difficult. For details, see the Hebrew Reading Ease Abstract.

The repository may be found at http://github.com/jag3773/HebrewReadingEase.

This flat viewer page shows a book, chapter, verse listing of all of the frequency values that the script outputs.

Script

Currently, the script will rate all of the OT books, a chapter or a specific verse. You must pass the passage that you would like rated to the script in the form of Gen.1.1. You may also specify Gen, or Gen.1, or ot to rate all books. The script relies on the xml files of the Open Scriptures Hebrew Bible found here: http://github.com/openscriptures/morphhb.

Gotchas

Please note that the script does not take into account that some portions of the Hebrew Bible are actually Aramaic. Further, note that the Hebrew Reading Ease scale is currently being evaluated for its accuracy in describing the difficulty with which one may read a passage of biblical Hebrew.

A Comparison of Means

The follow chart provides a comparison of the Arithmetic Mean, Harmonic Mean, and Geometric Mean using the verses from Genesis 22 and Genesis 34.

VerseHarmonic MeanGeometric MeanArithmetic Mean
Gen.22.116153930
Gen.22.251171580
Gen.22.312107958
Gen.22.4231501377
Gen.22.5845441
Gen.22.6311451068
Gen.22.7791713
Gen.22.81966275
Gen.22.9121521233
Gen.22.1071692015
Gen.22.1178302972
Gen.22.1271171118
Gen.22.13552729
Gen.22.14181631238
Gen.22.15732421194
Gen.22.16113192037
Gen.22.17538575
Gen.22.18427644
Gen.22.191963534
Gen.22.201564175
Gen.22.2111621008
Gen.22.22136729
Gen.22.23723628
Gen.22.24332755
Gen.37.11266131
Gen.37.2101091012
Gen.37.3791750
Gen.37.4437268
Gen.37.551670
Gen.37.612152972
Gen.37.7111105
Gen.37.8330376
Gen.37.9428210
Gen.37.10555590
Gen.37.111035952
Gen.37.1241535
Gen.37.138105758
Gen.37.14444662
Gen.37.15337249
Gen.37.16773862
Gen.37.17434376
Gen.37.18419111
Gen.37.19773588
Gen.37.202750
Gen.37.21336583
Gen.37.22769688
Gen.37.2391241769
Gen.37.24314103
Gen.37.252537
Gen.37.2631081701
Gen.37.27320221
Gen.37.284371044
Gen.37.29786991
Gen.37.303488448
Gen.37.313321208
Gen.37.32755724
Gen.37.33313216
Gen.37.341139375
Gen.37.35747461
Gen.37.36222415