The Gendered Text

Researchers have developed a program that can determine the gender of a text's author with 80% accuracy.

The article points out that it's small words — pronouns and prepositions — that mark the differences. This isn't exactly surprising if you recall the research on authorship of the Federalist Papers back in the 60s. There, too, it was the small words that most clearly marked authorship.

What I'd really like to do is get the software and see how long it would take me to learn to fool it.


Blogger Peter said...

Howdy Sublibrarian: Fascinating article. Not sure what the purpose of such sofe would be; and I'm not sure "80% accuracy" is really very accurate. Let me know what you find out.

9/4/05 16:55  
Blogger Peter said...

sofe=software . . . hehehe . . . the keyboard must've hiccupped. (grin)

9/4/05 16:56  
Blogger Radish King said...

knowing you, I figure it took you about 11 seconds to fool the sofeware.

9/4/05 18:17  

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