Python Estimate Reading Time by Word Amounts – Machine Learning Tutorial

By | July 23, 2019

One of important functionality is to estimate reading time by word amounts in wordpress, in this tutorial, we will introduce how to estimate it. You can learn and do step by step.

Relation between word numbersĀ  and reding senconds.

Here is a relation table.

Word Numbers Reading Senconds
130 60
260 120
390 180
520 240
650 300
780 360
910 420
1040 480
1170 540
1300 600
1430 660
1560 720
1690 780
1820 840
1950 900
2080 960
2210 1020
2340 1080
2470 1140
2600 1200

To estimate the reading time, we can use excel. Then we can get the estimate formula is:

y = 0.4615x

where x is word number, y is reading time.

as to minute, it will be

y = (0.4615/60)x

estimate reading time by word numbers

As to python, we can define a functionto calculate.

def estimateReadingtime(words_number):
    reading = (0.4615/60) * words_number
    return reading

Then we can estimate reading time.

words_number = 1230
reading_time = estimateReadingtime(words_number)
reading_time = round(reading_time,1)
print(str(reading_time) + " minutes")

Outpunt: 9.5 minutes

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