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Re: Re: Estimating Vocabulary

by YuckFoo (Abbot)
on Mar 27, 2002 at 04:06 UTC ( #154586=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Estimating Vocabulary
in thread Estimating Vocabulary

Good points all, belg4mit.

* If the sample is large enough, the correct percentage of archaic words will be in the sample, it'll work itself out.

* I had already removed proper nouns, nouns containing any uppercase letter. I should have noted that, but again I'm not sure it matters with a large enough sample.

* I'm not sure how words should really be counted, still looking for a reference myself. For my purpose, I am considering run, runs, ran, running as unique words.

I'm just looking for a ballpark number. It seems like a good ballpark to me that if the boy consistently knows 20-25% of the words in the sample, he should know 20-25% of the words in $DICT.

If anyone has pointers to real vocabulary development numbers and counting methods, I'd like to get'em.

YuckFoo

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