Friday, 10 September 2004

Sex Machine

Tried out the Gender Genie - which guesses whether you're male or female by what you enter in a text book - on some of the entries in this blog. I'd read the same article in the New York Times that had inspired the bookblog people to create the Genie (it postulated that you can guess a person's gender solely based on his or her diction - not the subject matter, but just whether you use a lot of articles like "the" and other such criteria), but to take that article and spin it into an application is quite a feat. Anyway, my piece on weather and voting is apparently quite male-sounding, while my piece on losing the impulse to do things sounds female to the Genie. And if you enter all the text before this sentence, the Genie concludes that I am male. 2 out of 3 ain't bad.




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