Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Does your writing give clues to your gender?

Gender Guesser is an online test created by Neal Krawetz, of Hacker Factor Solutions.  According to a May 28 article, Neal Krawetz based this test on previous research showing that gender could be estimated from word usage, and parts of speech, and developed from the Gender Genie.   Gender Guesser is based heavily upon American English over European English, and differentiates between types of writing (basically, formal and informal).  It's self-published accurcy rate is 60-70%.

This is just one type of digital forensics.  I didn't realize that a persons typing style can be a unique identifier, for example.  Neal Krawetz is quoted as having said, "they can tell if you're a left-handed female piano player with an ergonomic keyboard," all the more interesting to me as I use a mouse left-handed with an ergonomic keyboard and used to play piano.  That is a whole other discussion not tested via this simplier, cheaper, online test.   

Test this yourself, and learn more about Gender Guesser by going here:  Gender Guesser  Of course, I had to test it.  Let me know how it works for you, too.  (For comparison, you could also try the original, simplier, Gender Genie here:  The Gender Genie

I copied and pasted various pieces I'd written already, work e-mails, personal e-mail with girlfriends, and a sampling of blog entries.  Gender Guesser lists its guess for formal and informal.  It usually pegged me as female and female, once as female and weak male "or European English," and twice for my blog entries, as weak male "or European English."   It never estimated me to be male.  Overall, I'd agree that it's mostly correct, and fun enough, yet not a 100% reliable indicator.


  1. seraphoflove9001June 5, 2007 at 3:39 PM

    LOL...That was cool! :o)

  2. I definitely have men I could test on this, but I won't. I don't know one man that wants to come up anything but Macho Man. Is it on there? ~ Mary

  3. Hmm. Thinking about this, I am now wondering if I can test just  Nice  Various  & the & sign.  2 words & a sign Don said were 'Girlie' & since going out with me again, he uses them(although he says he doesn't). Ha. ~ Mary

  4. Holy cow!! No matter which test I take?....it keeps coming up that it says I'm...MALE!!!!
    This just so messes with my head,ROFL.

    Thanks,Robin...I think?


  5. Mmmmmm I will test those out later this evening for sure I will.Thankyou for the lovely comment you placed in my journal,I so much appreciate them now for all the catching up again of missed alerts whilst my troubleshooting has been going on.Take Care God Bless Intersting post this one is .I will call back and check them out later tonight.Kath
    Astoriasand http://journals.aol.co.uk/astoriasand/MYSIMPLERHYMES

  6. Sounds like such a cool site; I'm on my way over to check it out. Thanks for the link!--Sheria

  7. Just went to the site and tested several of my blog entries. Mostly, I am labeled as male! A couple of pieces received weak female. I'm having a gender identity crisis!--Sheria

  8. LOL.  I got ALL male no female.  LMAO.  I guess it's a good thing, but for some reason I think it's funny.  ~ Mike

  9. Mostly Female European... which is exciting in some ways and odd in others.  Makes me feel my poetry is really really foo foo and that if I ever publish anything I'd be widely accepted and popular.  I say it's 100% correct.  Excellent...