Identifying the age and gender of a blogger by their writing style

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Hi everyone,

During my busy working day (cough.. ahem!) I came across these two sites that claim to use some kind of algorithm to identify the age and gender of a blogger.. or the person who wrote the content.

I tested this out and to be honest with you... it guessed it 'near' enough correctly. Gender= male (at least I was the last time I checked).. age = 25 - 35 years old. I'm actually 36 so it wasn't far off at all.

My question is to you... do you believe it is possible to tell gender or age by someones writing style?

If you get a spare minute, why not try it on a couple of your own sites? Here are the URLs (not my sites)........

GenderAnalyzer - Determine if a homepage is written by a man or woman

AgeAnalyzer - Determine the age of a blogger

It will be interesting to hear about your results.

Andy
#age #blogger #gender #identifying #style #writing
  • Profile picture of the author Cataclysm1987
    Interestingly enough, I've found I'm able to write like a woman.

    One of the affiliate sites I made a year or two ago from the persona of a woman just came up as a woman in your fancy little checker.

    Haha...maybe I understand women better than I think?
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    • Profile picture of the author onSubie
      Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

      Interestingly enough, I've found I'm able to write like a woman.
      Me too and I wasn't trying to.

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    • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
      On my blog (where I'm a little more casual), it got the woman part right. I would feel better if it didn't think I was approaching 40, though :rolleyes:


      Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

      Haha...maybe I understand women better than I think?
      LOL! Maybe you should go into the "hey guys, here's how to understand women" niche!
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      • Profile picture of the author J Bold
        Originally Posted by NicoleBeckett View Post

        On my blog (where I'm a little more casual), it got the woman part right. I would feel better if it didn't think I was approaching 40, though :rolleyes:

        That's good. It just means you are smarter and more mature than your age!
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    We guess TalkBiz News: What you really need to know to succeed online - Online business building newsletter is written by a woman (51%), however it's quite gender neutral.

    The AgeAnalyzer thinks TalkBiz News: What you really need to know to succeed online - Online business building newsletter is written by someone 65-100 years old.

    Ooops.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
    I discovered that a while back and it always got my age and gender completely wrong. I think a lot of it depends on where you're from and how you learned your technique.
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    • Profile picture of the author Lee MacRae
      What about being a hermaphrodite? Would it cause the program to crash
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      • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
        Originally Posted by Lee MacRae View Post

        What about being a hermaphrodite? Would it cause the program to crash
        Erm.. you better ask Paul.. he / she got 51% :-O Did the website freeze Paul?
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        • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
          FAIL!

          My ghostwriting site was determined to be written by a man @ 67%

          My age was determined to be 26 to 35 years of age :p

          I must admit it was the first time I was accused of being a young male, haha!

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        • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
          Andy,
          Erm.. you better ask Paul.. he / she got 51% :-O Did the website freeze Paul?
          Nah. Just sat there looking stupid.

          The gender neutrality of the language on that page is no accident, so that wasn't surprising at all. I have to wonder a bit about the age algo's criteria. To be that far off is a bit odd. Maybe they include sentence complexity or vocabulary?

          Interesting. I created a test page, added the word "dude" at the beginning of one sentence, and changed "from their efforts" to "from their freaking efforts." No other changes in over 2000 words.

          Gender neutrality stayed the same. The age ranker dropped its guess to 36-50.


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          • Profile picture of the author Chris Lockwood
            Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

            Interesting. I created a test page, added the word "dude" at the beginning of one sentence, and changed "from their efforts" to "from their freaking efforts." No other changes in over 2000 words.

            Gender neutrality stayed the same. The age ranker dropped its guess to 36-50.
            Like OMG bro, that's siiiiick!

            If only it were that easy to reduce someone's apparent age in real life.
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            • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
              Chris,
              Like OMG bro, that's siiiiick!
              Female Californian (probability 72%). Age 16-20. IQ indeterminate.
              If only it were that easy to reduce someone's apparent age in real life.
              "Slang it. Slang it good."


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    • Profile picture of the author AndyBlackSEO
      Originally Posted by Tadresources View Post

      I discovered that a while back and it always got my age and gender completely wrong. I think a lot of it depends on where you're from and how you learned your technique.
      Yeah... or it could just be a load of B#%@$%&s. It might try and learn by the results / votes. Maybe termanolgoy used etc.

      Paul... 65 - 100 years old... you looking to retire soon then? :-)
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      • Profile picture of the author Tadresources
        Originally Posted by AndyBlackSEO View Post

        Yeah... or it could just be a load of B#%@$%&s. It might try and learn by the results / votes. Maybe termanolgoy used etc.

        Paul... 65 - 100 years old... you looking to retire soon then? :-)
        Very true, lol! I've read that some applications like this one can be eerily accurate. I'm guessing this particular one is a fraud though.
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        • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
          Now that you know about yourself, how about seeing what your readers think?

          Here's a test to check your site's readability score, using measurements such as Flesch-Kincaid grade level.

          It's often said that web writing should be pitched to the comprehension level of 5th to 8th graders. Let's see how you do:

          Tests Document Readability

          Hmm. I see that this post has a readability score of 53.12. I guess that means at least half of you understand it. :confused:


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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          I see the Gender Analyzer claims correct results only 55% of the time (rather than the 50% it could get just by random guesses). Over 50,000+ selections, that is statistically significant, but not exactly overwhelming ... :p

          However, to my surprise (because someone has told me before that she did this with one of my home pages, which was considered "male") ...
          We think http://my-site-was-here.com/ is written by a woman (74%).
          It didn't do quite so well for my age, though (I'm 22) ...
          The AgeAnalyzer thinks http://my-site-was-here.com/ is written by someone 51-65 years old.
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          • Profile picture of the author cjreynolds
            tried it on one of my blogs - Female, 65 - 100 years old! A pox on your websites!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    Dude,

    They guessed I was a 65-100 year old woman. Well, they're half right. (And don't anyone tell me that the age must be the part that's right...)

    Becky
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      My website was 62% woman, 51-65 yrs old.

      I'm a 28 yr old male, or I was the last time I checked.
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  • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
    Becky,

    Well, if you believe those testers, we're just a couple of old women.

    Want to start a knitting group?


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    • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
      Originally Posted by Paul Myers View Post

      Becky,

      Well, if you believe those testers, we're just a couple of old women.

      Want to start a knitting group?


      Paul

      Let's talk about it later. "The Price is Right" is on now.

      Becky
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  • Profile picture of the author John Romaine
    Its not hard to figure out the gender on my pages. My name, and photo is right there. :rolleyes:

    As for the age thing, that was a mile out.

    This site is a classic example of link bait at work
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      Originally Posted by John Romaine View Post

      Its not hard to figure out the gender on my pages. My name, and photo is right there. :rolleyes:

      As for the age thing, that was a mile out.

      This site is a classic example of link bait at work
      Well John,

      My photo is right there too complete with me wearing pink and showing long eyelashes, lol, and it still thought I was a young male. :rolleyes:

      Terra
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  • Profile picture of the author EllesBelles
    If you vote, it says 59% of people voted said the age one didn't work. Add in the people who just thought, "How rubbish is this?!", and that's probably most people.

    It was way out with me!
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  • Profile picture of the author macker2298
    lol this is pretty funny...i tried it on 2 different sites, each applies to a different demographic and are on different topics. My results were that i write like a 51-65 year old man...a little off, i'm only 31, it was spot on for the gender part though.
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  • Profile picture of the author Victoralexon
    Apparently I'm a woman around her thirties.

    Oh well, I suppose you learn something new about yourself every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author R Hagel
    You guys are assuming that this all works by analyzing the text on the web page. That's not how it works. Instead, as soon as you click "analyze," it flips on your web cam and analyzes you.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    Originally Posted by AndyBlackSEO View Post

    Hi everyone,

    During my busy working day (cough.. ahem!) I came across these two sites that claim to use some kind of algorithm to identify the age and gender of a blogger.. or the person who wrote the content.

    I tested this out and to be honest with you... it guessed it 'near' enough correctly. Gender= male (at least I was the last time I checked).. age = 25 - 35 years old. I'm actually 36 so it wasn't far off at all.

    My question is to you... do you believe it is possible to tell gender or age by someones writing style?

    If you get a spare minute, why not try it on a couple of your own sites? Here are the URLs (not my sites)........

    GenderAnalyzer - Determine if a homepage is written by a man or woman

    AgeAnalyzer - Determine the age of a blogger

    It will be interesting to hear about your results.

    Andy
    Actually - part of my college education involved being able to tell aspects of a writer by the content written.

    There isn't a 100% on that even if you are an educated professional in the field. You can come fairly close, though, at least most of the time. If you run that software on my writing you would absolutely die laughing over the results.

    Examples:
    A gay male may register as female, depending on the role he takes in the household. Not all will register as female.

    A female may register as male depending on their rating on a gender test (these tests tell how many of their attributes rank high as gender specifiers).

    Males, unless they are skilled professionals in some areas that require them to use a multitude of adjectives, such as writers, usually rank as male, but the age index can get pretty dicey.

    We had a guy in the copywriting forum a while back trying to pose as a female. He really put on a pretty sorry display. It's not easy to "fake" a gender unless you really have some background in the field.
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  • Profile picture of the author danr62
    Huh? So now I'm a 65 year old woman. Whodathunkit.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Dan,
      Huh? So now I'm a 65 year old woman. Whodathunkit.
      Cool. You can join the knitting group with me and Becky.

      Alexa has to wait a few years. She isn't old enough yet...


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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    I checked it with 2 English blogs of mine (it doesn't work with anything written in another language!).

    Male: 72% and 79%, respectively.
    Age: 26-35 and 36-50, resp.

    Which means I should remove the pictures and I could "sell" myself as a young(ish) man
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    • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
      I tried it out and it thinks I am a young man. Wouldn't that be nice because I definitely am not young anymore by any standards. I am going to ask some of my friends to try it out to see what they get out of it. At least it got the gender part right anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author lisakleinweber
    We guess *** is written by a man (56%), however it's quite gender neutral.

    wrong!

    The AgeAnalyzer thinks *** is written by someone 36-50 years old.

    right! I'm 39 .. .however, when I wrote the page I was probably at least a few years younger - maybe 34 or 35.
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