Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Sexed Text

This appeared some time ago in The New York Times, but worth having a look at again...

A new computer program can tell whether a book was written by a man or a woman. The simple scan of key words and syntax is around 80% accurate on both fiction and non-fiction. The program's success seems to confirm the stereotypical perception of differences in male and female language use. Crudely put, men talk more about objects, and women more about relationships.

Female writers use more pronouns (I, you, she, their, myself), say the program's developers, Moshe Koppel of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel, and colleagues. Males prefer words that identify or determine nouns (a, the, that) and words that quantify them (one, two, more).

Sexed Text

You can read the article here

And if you don't believe it works, try this page.

You can put in (copy/paste) any text you feel like and the analysis is quite straightforward! Of course, the bigger the amount of text, the more correctly it can do it's job!!!


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