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[Nov. 25th, 2003|10:58 pm]
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I just put some of my writing in the gender genie and thanks only to my excessive use of the word "the" it determined I am male. If I understand the algorithm correctly, 4 less "the's" in the writing I let it sample and it would have said I was a female.
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[User Picture]From: sydneygb
2003-11-26 10:26 am (UTC)
Heh. It thinks I'm a guy. I told it I was a woman and it said, "That's one butch chick." *snerk* Okay, so I *am* a bit tomboyish ... Okay, a lot tomboyish. I did one other 'determine your gender via your writing style' thing and it, too, thought I was male. Go figure.

I don't see what usage of the word 'the' has to do with it, though. Meh.
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[User Picture]From: nitemirror
2003-11-26 08:11 pm (UTC)
(if you've seen this message before, sorry lj's acting funny and I don't think my other attempts to post this went through.)

Well, I think it thinks women are more prone to indicate who possesses something than men: that woman would use "my," "his," or "her" whatever; and a guy would just say "the" whatever rather than indicating ownership.

I found this website mentioned on a message board that a lot of amateur writers use and the vast majority of the regular male posters there complained they were labeled female by that website. So I knew going in that it was a far from a perfect test.
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