flirt140 - Yet another twitter app :-(
one line caught the attention though
"Kaplan says a proprietary algorithm is used to determine gender of Twitter users and claims that it’s pretty accurate"
Any idea how they are determining the gender?
See this paper:
Sidenote: this was an epic win for me in Gender Studies class, when I said that not only was the professor's claim that the genders communicate "essentially identically but with some individual variation" wrong, but I would constructively demonstrate it by blind-assigning a stack of any papers she cared to give me. (I also gave her a copy of the above paper, which she read with interest.) The class then retreated from the scary notion of binary decisions on the basis of the scientific method to the more comfortable one of endless arguing whether the differences were socially constructed or biological.
It thinks Sergey Brin writes like a woman: http://www.genderanalyzer.com/?url=too.blogspot.com
I suppose you could manually find males and females and train based on their body of works, but it won't be great; you'll likely run into a selection bias.
But if you seeded with that approach, and then used a SpamAssassin-style auto-learner...maybe you'd have a chance?
I suppose this is a case where you don't want "Perfect" to get in the way of "Good enough", especially since it will never be perfect...
By the way, Gender Guesser gave me a good laugh when I ran it on a comment from HN. It said, "Verdict: Weak MALE
Weak emphasis could indicate European."
A scientific basis for the effeminate European stereotype??
Edit: I was joking about the stereotype.
It was a requirement for graduation with a Arts & Sciences degree (I dual-degreed with CS from Engineering) that I demonstrated an interest in subjects covering things other than dead white males. For reasons which were never really clear to me, "I'm an East Asian Studies major!" was not sufficient, so my choices were either Gender Studies or The History of Jazz.
I will say this for required common curricula: if you only take courses which you're interested in or whose built-in intellectual biases are flattering to yours, then you're missing out on a good deal of the educational experience.
I will also say this against required common curricula: there were no gender studies majors in AI class.
I find it pretty cool that the first site only does the guessing based on a pretty small list of words - you can see it by viewing the source.
Some words are more commonly male and others are more commonly female - looks as if that's all it is doing.
So, whats the verdict Patio11, are you Male or Female?
Great link nonetheless.
On other business-related forums, like the Business of Software board, everyone either calls me Patrick or "that bingo guy". That might be because of the display name alone.
I also find it odd at times - my username is my full name, yet people responding to me will call me JacobAldridge not Jacob.
Sorry. Has anyone built the total perspective vortex yet?
when you login, you have to run a search. it asks whether you're a guy/girl looking for a guy/girl. i'm guessing they might just save that first parameter, no?
that said, that natural language processing link is really sweet.
Look for He/She in messages directed @User.
For names you don't know you keep using other means to dig further. But no matter what tools I would use, matching names to gender would be highest weighted procedure and the first thing I'd try. Of course, there would have to be second and third things to try too.
Remember, these guys didn't say they were 100%. Who even knows what their definition of "pretty accurate" is.