Tuesday, July 3, 2007

You Write Like A Girl

For all of you who haven't seen this yet, it's a thingy that analyzes your writing and tells you what gender you are. The friend who told me about it said it didn't work for her, but when I plugged the last month's W6 entries into it, it was creepily accurate at distinguishing my womany posts from JRL's guy ones. Most weird is the algorithm it uses, which is based just on the use of certain key words. Apparently "around," for example, is masculine, while "with" is female. If you put a piece of writing and let the machine analyze it, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and see the whole list. Most of the words seem completely neutral to me.

I wonder if these differences are integral or just accidental. Would it be a simple matter for a woman writer to ditch her "girly" key words and take up masculine ones, or would it mean a whole different way of thinking?

5 comments:

jrlennon said...

"I wonder if these differences are integral or just accidental. Would it be a simple matter for a woman writer to ditch her "girly" key words and take up masculine ones, or would it mean a whole different way of thinking?"

If you want to write like a dude, you have to quit ending posts with questions. Be assertive! Even if you are wrong!! Mission accomplished!!!

Mr. Inertia said...

JRL could have used this to figure out that Digby is a woman:

Female Score: 1551
Male Score: 1398

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

—T. said...

I just took some time to bang out a retarded little story to get to a 500 word count (genie works best on 500 word text). The genie tells me that I write like a male.
Signed, (female)

Anonymous said...

2/5ths female; 3/5ths male. The longer the story.. I get me more man points.

signed (ambiguously female)

aos said...

This was quite interesting. Using my blog entries, my accounts of a recent trip determined that I was most certainly female but my cultural musings showed the opposite.

I'm going to pass this around.

(I am male).