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Man or woman? GenderAnalyzer makes the call…

Some researchers, apparently, have come up with a language-analysis tool that guesses whether a web page’s text was written by a male or a female. It’s called the GenderAnalyzer.

Like everyone else who clicks on the page, I promptly ran my own blog through it, and got back “We think http://www.spokesmanreview.com/blogs/olympia is written by a man.” (That’s the actual URL that www.eyeonolympia.com redirects to.)

So far, so good. So I pasted in a few other blogs I read regularly — Randy Hodgins’ UW legislative page, www.horsesass.org, the Olympian’s Brad Shannon’s blog — and all came up correct.

So far, though, no results for a female writer. So I punched in the URL of Sen. Pam Roach’s blog, the Pam Roach Report. Result:

We think http://pamroachreport.blogspot.com/ is written by a man.

Hmm.

The same thing happened when I tried the Idaho legislative blog written by the S-R’s Betsy Russell.

Just when I was suspecting that the analyzer is a hoax that only churns out one response, I got a correct result for our parenting blog, written primarily by Virginia DeLeon.

Have fun.


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