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I just thought this was kind of neat... [Oct. 27th, 2007|12:42 am]
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You probably all know about this thing, but I just stumbled upon it.  It's called The Gender Genie and, using a specific algorithm, it will determine (guess?  O_o) the gender of an author based on a sample of his/her writing.

I thought it was cool, just for fun, and actually useful in some situations, especially when trying to write from the POV of, or about a, character of the opposite gender.  For me, anyway, it kind of helps to keep my girly tendencies in check when my story is supposed to be male centered.  My main complaint with the "genie" though is that it is skewed depending on the use of first-person or third-person pronouns, so... grain of salt.

I thought it was neat to have it guess my fiction writing and my nonfiction writing.  All of my fiction writing, even though some things cut it close, was guessed to be female, and all of my nonfiction work (school papers, etc.) was guessed as male-- so immediately the Angry Feminist in me thinks, "Hmmm, maybe that's why that paper got such a good grade-- BECAUSE IT READ LIKE A MAN'S WORK!!!!1111!! GRR."


But, yeah, check it out if you care, and my apologies if you're not interested or have already seen it!

[User Picture]From: vmisery
2007-10-27 05:52 am (UTC)
Hey, that's kind of cool. The piece I gave it scored as female...will have to try a couple more, especially one from a male point of view, to see how it comes across.
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[User Picture]From: dracsdaughter
2007-10-27 07:35 am (UTC)
fucking sweet, I got boy! First 500-ish words of Johnthan the Curious reveal all...

actually, last semester one of my classmates told me when he read my work he didn't think of it as something a girl wrote, or a boy for that matter. it was one of the best compliments I could have gotten. I don't want to be good/interesting/whatever because I am a girl and creating as such, I want it to be simply for the work. ha ha!
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