The Gender Genie

There are a lot of cool Web sites for writers out there. I mentioned Wordle before, but now I have discovered another fun tool.

genie1The Gender Genie uses an algorithm to predict the gender of a text’s author.

The reasoning behind it is that women communicate in a connective, “involved” way, so they use more possessive pronouns (my, our…), while men write in a more informative and concrete way, so they use more articles (a, the) or quantifiers (two, some…).

Apparently, the Gender Genie has an accuracy rate of 80 percent. It works best on fiction and with longer entries (well over 500 words).

So I tried it out with “Babysitter Material” and “Second Nature,” since both stories have scenes written from a female and scenes written from a male point of view.

For chapter one of Second Nature, which is told from Jorie’s POV, the Gender Genie says:

Female Score: 2108
Male Score: 1400
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

Chapter 2, written from Griffin’s POV:

Female Score: 8361
Male Score: 7383
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: female!

For one of the scenes written from Cedric’s POV, the result looks like this:

Female Score: 684
Male Score: 883
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

I got the same results for Babysitter Material. The scenes written from a female character’s POV were judged to be written by a female writer, while the scenes in male POV were judged to be written by a man.

I was pleased with the results. I take it to mean that I apparently change my style and voice to fit the POV character.

But it made me wonder… what about Luke? I mentioned before that some of my test readers consistently called her “she,” while others used “he,” and some test readers switched between male and female pronouns when talking about Luke.

So I tested the scenes which were written from Luke’s POV in Hidden Truths.

Interestingly, most of the scenes came back as written by a female author, especially those scenes in which Luke interacts with her family or with Tess. But for two scenes in which Luke is riding with her ranch hands the Gender Genie judged them to be written by a male author.

Interesting.

Try it out with one of your chapters or stories. What does the Gender Genie say?

By the way, this is what the Gender Genie had to say about this article, so take it with a grain of salt:

Female Score: 515
Male Score: 552
The Gender Genie thinks the author of this passage is: male!

:-)



Created by Krystel Contreras & Jorge Courbis