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September 23rd, 2003

Strange... so strange @ 10:30 am


Okay, I may be a little late getting the news, but some wacky guys named Koppel and Argamon have devised an algorithm that checks fiction for certain words and basically decides if the author is male or female.
The algorithm is absurdly simplistic. You get 'male' points for the following words: the, a, some, [numbers], it
You get 'female' points for: with, [possessives], for, not

The idea seems ludicrous, but apparently there's some merit to it. It's simple enough that it has been turned into tools on the web, where you can cut and paste into the text box and analyze away. And now there's a tool for analyzing LiveJournals.

Here are some results picked off my Friends list:

essentialsaltes - 70% male
chibi_neko - 63% male [wrong]
bellwethr - 60% male
talentlessclod - 60% male
mersh - 59% male
britgeekgrrl - 54% male [wrong]
mayxbo5 - 49% male
tardpenguin - 49% male
dreamguy - 46% male [wrong]
oohbarracuda - 46% male
n0t2shabby - 45% male

It's interesting that the females are mostly clustered from 45-49, so maybe the scale should be shifted a little bit. I.e., if the dividing line were between mersh and britgeekgrrl, the test would have one more correct answer, and girly-girls like Ice and Elke would be further from from the dividing line. Of course, since my writing is apparently so powerfully rugged and masculine, I wouldn't mind if the scale were shifted 5%, but maybe there's some limp-wristed pansies out there who would lispingly complain.
Time to go read some of Two-Gun Bob Howard's stuff.
 
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From:talentlessclod
Date:September 23rd, 2003 12:24 pm (UTC)

I need a shot of testosterone

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Only 60% manly?

Time to write more entries about drinking and fucking.

Maybe in all upper case letters even!
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:September 23rd, 2003 01:19 pm (UTC)

Re: I need a shot of testosterone

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Though I'd enjoy reading that, it looks like the words to use are 'a' and 'the' if you want to sound manly. Don't ask me why. I'm just the messenger.
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From:tardpenguin
Date:September 23rd, 2003 02:39 pm (UTC)

hahahaha

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49% male ????
i knew it!
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:September 23rd, 2003 02:53 pm (UTC)

Re: hahahaha

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Gah, it's not like you're some sort of 49/51 shemale. The test just looks to see if your male or female score is higher. The Gender Genie is better, but you have to cut and paste your own text, and it works better on longer pieces of text.
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From:chibi_neko
Date:September 23rd, 2003 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Damn it... first the spark gender test and now this... I am not a man!!! I am not even manly... I am all about the fluffy pink kittens and frilly hearts and um... fruit scented shaving gel, and all those other pretty, soft, shiny, lightly scented things that women love. Right... it is even rumored that I might have a makeup bag hiding somewhere in the closet. I crochet for goodness sake!
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:September 23rd, 2003 03:00 pm (UTC)
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Well, the test only works 80% of the time.
Then again, maybe (like Poppy Brite) you're a gay man trapped in a woman's body.
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From:bellwethr
Date:September 23rd, 2003 05:12 pm (UTC)
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Drat... beat out by Mike! And Kitty!

Sheesh.

Hey essentialsaltes--as a martini fan, you know any good martini bars on the West Side?
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From:essentialsaltes
Date:September 23rd, 2003 05:25 pm (UTC)
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I wish I did. Since I've learned to make my own, I don't need to find a source close to home. The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar was pretty cool, but it's not really Westside. I've always liked the drinks I've had at Encounter at LAX.

Journal of No. 118