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August 25th, 2003
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Gender genie
Found via Neil Gaiman's weblog:

http://www.bookblog.net/gender/genie.html

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From:hrafn
Date:August 25th, 2003 06:54 pm (UTC)
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Oooh . . . toy . . . :)
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From:majes
Date:August 25th, 2003 07:30 pm (UTC)

Uh oh

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I submitted the first two paragraphs of my book; according to it:

Score: 119
Words: 161

The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: Female!

Damn it; I knew something was wrong with me.
From:volta
Date:August 25th, 2003 08:35 pm (UTC)
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Strange. I just submitted a dozen or so pieces of writing, and it guessed wrong on all but one of them. I wonder if this says more about me or about the quality of their algorithm?
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From:bitty
Date:August 26th, 2003 05:37 am (UTC)
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My personal writing comes up as consistently female. My academic writing comes up as most often male (the English papers tend to be female).

Weird distinction, eh?
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From:hrafn
Date:August 26th, 2003 08:56 am (UTC)
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If you read the little article they link to (not the first one; that's now pay-to-read), it says that fiction writing and non-fiction fall along similar lines as female and male writing: male writing and non-fiction writing being "informative" (i forget the term they used for the other stuff). So I would expect that much of your academic writing would parse as "informative" and therefore male.
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