Thursday, October 30, 2003

This is a website that tries to determine the gender of the author of text you submit to it. I cut and pasted from this blog and it correctly diagnosed me as male. I also couldn't resist doing some more analysis, so I looked at the separate scores for August, September, and October 1st-27th. In this manner I was able calculate a masculinity coefficient of sorts and see how it varied with time.
MonthFemale Score (f)Male Score (m)m/(f+m)
August22513284.593
September26504308.619
October35707587.680
August
(quotes excised)
21103004.587
September
(quotes excised)
22793581.611
October
(quotes excised)
31316567.677

Has my writing become more manly with time? I'll let my readers decide. Of course you can also test your own writing as well as read more (PDF) about the algorithm. Another interesting question: What fields of study are more manly in the algorithm's eyes? Do "real men" write math papers, physics papers, economics papers, etc.?

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