Six LDS Writers and A Frog

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Turns Out I'm a Guy

by Sariah S. Wilson

Just got back from Transformers - which I did enjoy although the critics aren't being kind to it - and realized I needed to post. I hear the baby stirring which is the pre-indication that she'll be waking up soon, so I'll make this fast.

I ran across a blog earlier this week that had this link that is a simplified version of an algorithm that claims it can tell from a writing sample whether you are a man or a woman.

Curious, I put in my blog from last week and the Genie said that I was a man, by 100 points. The Genie apparently claims 80% accuracy.

I'm going to go back with some fiction and see what it says. Let me know if you try it and whether or not it gets your gender right.


16 Comments:

At 7/08/2007 12:32 AM, Anonymous mesolili said...

I tried a piece of non-fiction I wrote a few years ago and it got my gender totally wrong. It said I was a male...by 700 points!!

 
At 7/08/2007 12:35 AM, Blogger RobisonWells said...

Don't worry, Sariah. I balance you out. It says I'm a girl.

 
At 7/08/2007 12:39 AM, Blogger Jeff Savage said...

It says I write like a girl on both my blog and fiction.

 
At 7/08/2007 1:24 AM, Blogger Stephanie Black said...

Too funny. My daughter plugged in an excerpt from my first book and it said I was male, by 100 points. She plugged in an excerpt from my upcoming release and it said I was female by 179.

 
At 7/08/2007 10:45 AM, Blogger dakwegmo said...

It doesn't say you are a guy, just that you write like one. And I'm personally not convinced the criteria they're using for judging writing is sound.

 
At 7/08/2007 12:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL... very funny stuff. =)

 
At 7/08/2007 9:56 PM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

I write like a guy too. But we already knew that, I think . . .

But I agree with dakwegmo -- the criteria is kind of funky.

 
At 7/09/2007 12:14 AM, Blogger Tamra Norton said...

I guess I write like a guy too, which is a little upsetting since my target audience is LDS teenage girls. Like, whatEVER!

 
At 7/09/2007 10:28 AM, Blogger James Dashner said...

You guys are all missing the point. Transformers was freaking AWESOME.

Cinematic visuals have taken another leap forward. I think even Peter Jackson would've been hard pressed to match that.

And gee, I'm so surprised. Jeff and Rob were both accused of being girly men. I could've told you that before you wasted time on any test.

 
At 7/09/2007 10:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mine was male- even though it was a story about a princess. Perhaps something was accidently flipped. Maybe they switched the categories when they established the link. It seems it hasn't gotten anyone's gender correct.

Elizabeth

 
At 7/09/2007 2:21 PM, Blogger Worldbuilder Robin said...

Personally, I was disappointed by the Transformers movie overall. [If you haven't seen it yet, this post may contain some spoilers]
Of course, I'm a fan of Transformers since they started way back in 1984; I even wrote up some story ideas to submit to Marvel Comics when they were still in charge of the title. And being a big fan of Starscream, I was sorely disappointed by his two lines in the whole movie.

My biggest problem with it was that there was far too much emphasis placed on the humans. We know more about Sam and his girlfriend (forgot her name) than we do about even Bumblebee, who probably got the most Transformer screen time (with the possible exception of Frenzy, who was done well). yes, the battles were very action-packed, and yes, hearing Peter Cullen voicing Optimus was way cool. But could we please have more plot and more Transformer characterization in the next movie? Please?

Oh, and make it PG, so I can take my son to see it. Thanks.

 
At 7/09/2007 2:26 PM, Blogger Worldbuilder Robin said...

Oh, and that gender site said, based on my short story I just posted on my site, that I write like a male. Which I am.

 
At 7/09/2007 4:08 PM, Blogger Annette Lyon said...

I've been to the Genie in the past and it got me wrong on several items. For my blogs it guessed female, but for my articles it was male (by a LONG shot). I plugged in two chapters from my upcoming novel, and the one with the male characters came up male, the one with the female characters came up female. 80% accuracy? Don't think so.

As for Transformers, I haven't seen it, but my husband took our son to it. I was a bit horrified to hear about some of the sexual comments made in it--stuff I certainly don't want my son hearing and that shouldn't be in a movie targeted at kids (since it's BASED on a toy, uh, yeah, it's targeted at kids).

 
At 7/09/2007 5:12 PM, Blogger Jon said...

I tried out my short story from and LDS publisher contest. Results:

Female Score: 755
Male Score: 640

Dang. I always knew I had a feminine side - I just didn't know it was so obvious!

--FHL

 
At 7/11/2007 5:11 PM, Blogger Katie Parker said...

That's funny; I put in my latest blog entry and it says I write like a guy, too. Looks like I'm going to need some of you guys who write like girls to help me with my female dialogue in my next book.

 
At 7/12/2007 6:52 PM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

Everyone knows that Jeff writes like a girl.

 

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