“Wikipedia is a tough muddle”

According to recent research, articles in Wikipedia are harder to read than those in the Encyclopaedia Britannica.  This conclusion was derived from analysis of sentence length,  the number of occurrences of popular words, and the claim that Wikipedia articles are often written by experts who put accuracy above readability.  This surprising (to me at any rate) revelation was reported in the New Scientist (15 December 2012).

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