identity crisis?

Consider an odd premise: Could it be possible for a computer to accurately determine the gender of a writer of a piece of prose? Well, a couple of researchers claim to have figured out an algorithm that is 80% accurate at doing just that–well, for book-length works anyway. The two use stereotypes about gender language usage to make a prediction, to wit: females use more pronouns, males use more words that identify or determine nouns.

Of course, I couldn’t resist. Using cut and paste, I tried every single one of my prose blog entries into an implementation of a very similar algorithm and the results are in.

I type like a girl.

[1] Try it yourself at the Gender Genie.

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