Statistics on the length and linguistic complexity of bills

February 13, 2012

(This article was first published on Bommarito Consulting, LLC r, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)

Where would you go to find out what the longest bill of the 112th Congress was by number of sections (H. R. 1473)? How about by number of unique words (H.R. 3671)? What about by Flesh-Kincaid reading level (S. 475)?

Head on over to this table of bills, updated daily for the 112th Congress, which contains the following fields:

  • Bill Name
  • Publish Date
  • Bill Title
  • Stage
  • Section Count
  • Sentence Count
  • Word (Token) Count
  • Unique Words (Tokens)
  • Unique Stem Count
  • Avg. Word Length
  • Avg. Sentence Length
  • Reading Level (Flesch-Kincaid)

I’ll be adding more automated analysis and figures over the next few weeks, but for now, here’s a morsel to get your gears turning.

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