And just to add to the complexity of James' comments; there are some people who think that a general interest encyclopaedia should be written for a general audience. So articles with long sentences should be improved by rewriting into more but shorter sentences,

On 24 October 2014 19:44, James Salsman <> wrote:

Article quality is inherently subjective in the hard-AI sense. A panel of judges will consider accurate articles full of spelling, grammar, and formatting errors superior in quality to hoax, biased, spam, or out-of-date articles with perfect grammar, impeccable spelling, and immaculate formatting.

In my studies of the short popular vital articles (WP:SPVA) the closest correlation with subjective mean opinion score quality I've found so far is sentence length. But it has diminishing returns and the raw correlation is +0.2 at best.

The entirely subjective nature of article quality is additional support for automating accuracy review.

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