Friday, October 08, 2010

When I am an old woman...

I am grateful to the lovely Great She Elephant for nudging Urlai through the back door of my perception. It is a site that claims to be able to analyse the text of a blog and extrapolate the gender, age and general mood of the author.

Close study of the previous 12 posts tells us that Cultural Snow “is probably written by a male [OK, fair enough] somewhere between 26-35 years old. [Thank you!] The writing style is personal and upset most of the time.”

Hmm.

PS: And still on blog-related matters, anyone who happens to be in Bristol on October 22 might find this interesting.

12 comments:

Vicus Scurra said...

Enough to upset anyone.

brokenbiro said...

OMG - thanks (I think) for spreading the word about this - mine is probably written by a female somewhere between 66-100 years old - AAAAAARRRRRGGGHHHHHHHH. The writing style is personal and happy most of the time.... or it was until she read this! To be fair the pie charts were almost equal across the age groups...

expat@large said...

Expat@Large
Text analysis
Could not find any enough English posts. Posts with less than 50 words are disregarded.

What the...???

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Damn. WorVer is 'guess' - I give up! What is it?

The militant working boy said...

My blog was and I quote, "Written by a female... between 66 and 100...happy most of the time..."
I have officially failed as both a self-aware human being and as a film critic.

GreatSheElephant said...

I recommend rechecking periodically. I apparently had a sex change and shed nearly 20 years overnight.

Valerie said...

ancientreflection.blogspot.com is probably written by a female somewhere between 51-65 years old. The writing style is personal and upset most of the time...

I suppose that latter is true (despite the fact that I'm a generally cheerful person, I tend to write in the blog when I'm feeling pensive). But drat it, I'm only 45. I don't need premature aging by software.

I hope GSE is right and that it'll suddenly decide I'm young and male.

Valerie said...

Interestingly, my knitting blog comes through more accurately: "secretyarn.blogspot.com is probably written by a female somewhere between 36-50 years old. The writing style is personal and happy most of the time."

Dual personality is the real explanation.

Billy said...

I got the 66 year old woman too.

9/10ths Full of Penguins said...

According to urlai I am male (check), writing in a personal style (check), happy most of the time (check) and aged 66-100 years old (!) As I'm 33 I can't help but be perturbed by that...

blackwatertown said...

How come you are so young?
I'm male (big deal), somewhere between 66-100 years old (you what?), academic and upset most of the time. Well I am now.

But should I worry about an analysis which sums up thus: The analysis is based upon 10 posts that has enough English words.

GreatSheElephant said...

doesn't fill you with confidence about his parsing skills, blackwatertown, does it?

I still want to know how it works but based on some of the results in so far, I would guess it takes random word selections rather than the full text but also looks at sentence length. I still can't figure out how it turned LC into an old woman though unless Mr Urlai knows a whole load of foulmouthed old ladies.

Tim Footman said...

It’s bollocks, but weirdly compulsive bollocks. Like catching your image on one of those tellies that shows people passing the shop window.