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Twitter now thinks I’m female?

Spotted via Slashdot.

There are two serious sides to this, of course: one is that as more and more things leave digital fingerprints, true anonymity online just gets harder and harder.

The second is that so much of the list of terms seems about as crudely stereotypically sexist as can be. Something not ha-ha about that.

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3 Responses to Love, ha-ha, cute, omg, yay, hahaha, happy, girl, hair, lol, hubby, and chocolate!

  1. I’ve just pasted your entire home page into http://stealthserver01.ece.stevens-tech.edu/gendercreatetext?count=9885 and you came out as: male 55.97%. For comparison, the Burger et al paper you cite, with its four male authors, comes out at: male 59.10%.

    So, the world is back in balance.

    Richard

  2. Sam says:

    You do realize, of course, that the discriminating terms were learned statistically, rather than chosen by hand. That might trouble you because people DO behave stereotypically a lot of the time, but I’m not sure why else it would trouble you.

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