The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

19 August 2003

Are you a boy or are you a girl?

Alexandra at Out of Lascaux, on gender-related differences in writing:

Although I am still convinced that a woman's fiction writing is very different from a man's, I am finding that there is little difference between male and female bloggers. There are aggressive and militant women, and gentle and sensitive men. Very often, the only way to tell the difference is when they mention spouses or they have a picture on their site. Well, a name helps too, but not always.

Has anyone found a difference that we can point to?

I haven't, but Moshe Koppel, Bar-Ilan University in Israel, and Shlomo Argamon, Illinois Institute of Technology, apparently have. Their findings can now be tested in (more or less) realtime with Bookblog's Gender Genie.

I fed the Genie three items from this very blog, and it tagged two as male, one as female. A respectable batting average, though the algorithm claims an accuracy of 80 percent — and it does suggest that I probably should not try to pass myself off as a woman.

(Swiped from 601am)

Posted at 7:55 PM to Blogorrhea