Thursday, 22 April 2004

Computer program detects author gender: Simple algorithm suggests words and syntax bear sex and genre stamp.

Strikingly, the distinctions between male and female writers are much the same as those that, even more clearly, differentiate non-fiction and fiction. The programme can tell these two genres apart with 98% accuracy. This is perhaps unsurprising, given that non-fiction is more informational and fiction more involved.

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