Wednesday, 20 May 2009

The gender of blogs

A new and entertaining website that I have discovered is genderanalyzer. It uses Artificial Intelligence to determine if a homepage is written by a man or woman.

So I ran 20 or so blogs through it, and had some interesting results.

Only one blog (Renegade Parent) was assessed as being probably written by a woman. The others came out as probably written by men.

The most masculine blog was that of Ian Parker-Joseph, the leader of the Libertarian Party, at 90% masculine. No surprises there. When it comes to separating the men from the boys among party leaders, Mr. Parker-Joseph is obviously a real man.

The second most masculine blog, perhaps a little more suprisingly, was Anna Racoon, at 88% masculine. Hmmm.

Depending on what the most recent post happens to be, the gender rating may change a little. My blog was 64% masculine the first time I tried it, but the second time, I got "We think http://themarmaladesandwich.blogspot.com/ is written by a man (62%)."

Close. But one couldn't really expect "We think http://themarmaladesandwich.blogspot.com/ is written by a young bear gentleman."

4 comments:

Renegade Parent said...

Yes - today it is 62% certain I am male!

Citizen Stuart said...

My blog was also only 62% male. Damn, I thought I was more macho than that!

Stewart Cowan said...

Interesting. "We think http://www.realstreet.co.uk is written by a man (64%)."

Should I check out Anna Racoon's blog for tips on how to be more of a man?

Stewart Cowan said...

My old blog: "We think http://www.thelabourparty.org/ is written by a man (78%)".

Still not enough to risk picking a fight with Ms Racoon :-)