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Thursday April 10, 2008 1:24 pm

Gender Genie Algorithms Detect Author’s Sex?

Posted by Sheila Franklin Categories: Internet, Misc. Tech, Science

Gender Genie

We were so fascinated by a blog we wrote last week that mentioned being able to tell the sex of a writer from content that we just had to explore it more. Our research ended up at the Gender Genie. Based on the algorithm developed by Moshe Koppel of Bar-Ilan University in Israel and Shlomo Argamon of the Illinois Institute of Technology, you simply place some text on the site and it tells you if the writer is male or female. Try it yourself and note that they suggest something written with at least 500 words. We submitted one that was 471 words with these results.

In all fairness, we tried it again with a shorter piece but the result was the same. Hmmm. So much for math and science.


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