Saturday, November 25, 2006

Know thyself!

Came across this at Snail's Tales, a quick test at bookblog to reassure you, or correct your false assumption, about your gender (or sex, "gender" is so often misused that the difference between the two is fading away) based on your writing.

I submitted four posts (Hand spam?, Snowy Owls--Already?, The Chickaree and the Juniper Berries and Midsummer). Based on the best three out of four, turns out I have been labouring under a false assumption--I am not female after all, but the other one. Here are the results for Midsummer, the only post over 500 words I submitted:

Words: 1375
(NOTE: The genie works best on texts of more than 500 words.)

Female Score: 1210
Male Score: 2204

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

Not sure what to do now....change my name? There is a link to an article in Nature on the test's page about the basis of the algorithm that checks your text, but unfortunately it's only available to subscribers.


Dave Dorsey said...

I think that thing is nuts. It belives that I'm female with my blog post about the Golden Eagle arriving. No name change here, I'm all male.

Duncan said...

Just tried it Pamela, three times, result, two female, one male!

Rurality said...

I tried it twice and it said I was male. I found the choice of keywords interesting but strange.

Pamela Martin said...

All wrong, all the time, almost. Yes, the weighted keywords are interesting, but not an obvious pattern to me--except maybe based on some set of assumptions of what men and women write about.... Still, it would be interesting to know if there is a context in which it actually works a little better, and how.

Anonymous said...

My results were a little more on the mark. For blog entries I was male for 2 of 3, however the scores were pretty close. For fiction (3 First Friday entries), I again was male 2 of 3 with fairly close scores. In non-fiction (a story about the Scottish Whaler and one on invasive whiteeyes in Kauai) I came out solidly male both times.

And either way i could have kept my name the same.

Pamela Martin said...

I don't know what to think about the Genie's success in determining your sex, given all the failurs. But Clare is a good name that way--Hilary too, come to think of it!