Asked • 03/14/19

Metrics for assessing the persuasiveness of a paper?

Are there any known variables to measure, or questions to ask in survey, in order to asses the persuasiveness of a paper? For example, I'm not sure if omitting a section from my paper might actually improve it. It's good writing and a good point. So I'm wondering how to take the subjectivity out of the decision so I know I'm making the right choice.I was thinking I could do an A/B test - I could prepare both versions of the paper, and randomly give one to readers who volunteer to participate in a survey after reading. What kinds of questions could I ask, which would allow me to compare the answers and identify the most persuasive form the of paper? I think a survey would be easiest for me to execute, but if it's not a good way to decide this, is there something I could look for as the reader is reading? Maybe, track eye movement and see what percent they skimmed? Anything along those lines? How can I tell which of 2 versions of a paper is most persuasive? I could ask "On a scale of 1-5 how persuasive was this paper?"And then compare the average rating from each group.

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