Do You Write Like a Girl?

In 2003, researchers from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Bar-Ilan University in Israel developed an approach that attempted to predict an author's gender based on word usage.

Their method "described a Bayesian network where weighted word frequencies and parts of speech" could predict whether an author is male or female.  They also noted distinctions between fiction and non-fiction writing styles, and include separate yet similar methods for evaluating each type.

Based on the research, an easy to use "Gender Guesser" was developed. 

You can go here to the Gender Guesser, and paste a sample for an evaluation (at least 300 words for best accuracy).

I plugged in a sample of my informal writing and received this analysis:

Genre: Informal
Female = 455
Male = 443
Difference = -12; 49.33%
Verdict: Weak FEMALE
Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Weak female?

Not 100% male?

Wait, I want a recount.

No, no I am ok.

Sorry, but I'll be over here belching and eating beef jerky if anyone needs this guy.

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So how masculine or feminine is your writing?

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Have a great weekend everyone.

26 comments:

Mommy Lisa said...

Huh. It guessed me as a MALE.

Sorta Southern Single Mom said...

Well, I'm a girl, so.... nonetheless, I will go try it out!

Matthew MacNish said...

It's fun to play with, but these kinds of things are ridiculous. Did you hear about that author who claimed no woman could write as well as him?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2011/jun/02/vs-naipaul-jane-austen-women-writers

What a moron.

Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, cool app. I'm going to check it out. It would be really helpful especially if you're writing from different POVs.

Yellow said...

Well I was sad to be found as a Male writer. Mostly because I write for females. I think I am going to put makeup on.

Genre: Informal
Female = 419
Male = 1055
Difference = 636; 71.57%
Verdict: MALE

Lydia K said...

I, too, am a weak female. Weird. That was funny.

Stephen Tremp said...

That was fun. Here's my score:

Words: 934

Female Score: 802
Male Score: 1227

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

Beth Zimmerman said...

Genre: Informal
Female = 1327
Male = 1446
Difference = 119; 52.14%
Verdict: Weak MALE

Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Genre: Formal
Female = 823
Male = 923
Difference = 100; 52.86%
Verdict: Weak MALE

Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Ahem! All female on this side of the computer!

A Doc 2 Be said...

While belching and eating beef jerky, don't forget to scratch... and sniff. :P

A Doc 2 Be said...

Post on Storm:

Genre: Informal
Female = 425
Male = 746
Difference = 321; 63.7%
Verdict: MALE

Genre: Formal
Female = 519
Male = 501
Difference = -18; 49.11%
Verdict: Weak FEMALE

Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Email sent to bf:

Genre: Informal
Female = 402
Male = 483
Difference = 81; 54.57%
Verdict: Weak MALE

Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Genre: Formal
Female = 295
Male = 411
Difference = 116; 58.21%
Verdict: Weak MALE

Weak emphasis could indicate European.

Guess the Storm Trooper brings out my more feminine side... good old boy that he was /sniff

Kat O'Keeffe said...

Hah, I tried the first chapter of my novel and got weak male, which is strange because I thought my main character was pretty girly!

All very interesting! Thanks for sharing the link!

Anonymous said...

I love this post LOL Great one!! Glad it doesn't tell your age or weight!!

joanny said...

Ha! smile who would have guessed... being around children will bring out the yin of the yang.

I submitted a short poem - then an excerpt from a research paper

the results:

fiction short poem:
Words: 149

Female Score: 172
Male Score: 116

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

Words: 1170
research excerpt:
Female Score: 1789
Male Score: 1572

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

Joanny

maggsworld said...

I am a girl. I believe I write like a girl but Gender Genie thinks I am boy!! Want to swap?? LOL

Female Score: 201
Male Score: 401

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

ladyfi said...

LOL - just goes to show that you can't trust this kind of thing...

Diane said...

Hhahahahaaha!!! I watch sci-fi and Jackie Chan movies, so that puts me in the middle somewhere I think! :O)

Nikole Hahn said...

LOL. Such a blow to manhood!

Katherine Mercurio Gotthardt said...

Maybe it thinks I am a guy because I cuss a lot in my writing? Isn't that a gender stereotype?

Genre: Informal
Female = 581
Male = 874
Difference = 293; 60.06%
Verdict: MALE

Momma Fargo said...

hahaha. That is funny. However, I would probably resemble a male with my writing...and a doctor type. LOL

Audrey Allure said...

Haha, I put in my latest post & it basically it called me neither or a male:

Genre: Informal
Female = 196
Male = 196
Difference = 0; 50%
Verdict: Weak unknown

Weak emphasis could indicate European.


Genre: Formal
Female = 30
Male = 115
Difference = 85; 79.31%
Verdict: MALE

J. J. in Phila said...

I typed in the text of a scholarly paper I wrote and got "weak male." I typed in a copy of a recent blog and got "weak female."

I think IIT and BRN need to go back to the drawing board.

Kristin said...

Apparently I'm a weak male. Go figure. Haha!

carma said...

Man, this is awesome. I'm gonna try it now.

carma said...

I wonder if it always come out about the same; I'm a weak male for formal and a weak female for informal.

either way I'm weak :-(

Brian Miller said...

oh man...i am not sure i want to plug in or not...i might not be able to withstand the blow...lol.

Lisa said...

HA! I submitted my U is for Universal Truth and got this:
Genre: Informal
Female = 358
Male = 958
Difference = 600; 72.79%
Verdict: MALE
So I did it again with V is for Vibrant and got this:
Genre: Informal
Female = 332
Male = 447
Difference = 115; 57.38%
Verdict: Weak MALE

Weak emphasis could indicate European.
Hmmm, guess I'll go give myself a manicure and practice my pout. Can you say junk science?