Today, I heard about two blog analysis tools. Ever the empiricist, I decided to try them out.
Let’s start with GenderAnalyzer, which claims it can determine the gender of a blog author.
Well, it thinks I’m probably male:
- We have strong indicators that https://thenoisychannel.com/ is written by a man (90%).
That’s close enough to spare me any major gender identity issues. Well, maybe. Let’s look at a few blogs that are written by women:
- Gwen Harris’s Taxonomy Watch:
We have strong indicators that http://taxonomy2watch.blogspot.com/ is written by a man (95%).
- Essays by Danielle Fong:
We think http://einfall.wordpress.com/ is written by a man (79%).
- Claudia Imhoff at BeyeNETWORK:
We think http://www.b-eye-network.com/blogs/imhoff/ is written by a man (89%).
Perhaps GenderAnalyzer doesn’t appreciate women in science and technology. Or perhaps it isn’t doing much better than random.
- The analysis indicates that the author of https://thenoisychannel.com/ is of the type: ISTJ.
ISTJ, huh. I realize that some of you have never met me, but I assure you than I am an off-the-chart extrovert. If these personality tests have any merit, I’m somewhere between an ENTJ and an ENFJ. And, while Typealizer has a disclaimer that “writing style on a blog may have little or nothing to do with a person´s self-percieved personality”, I assure you that the personality of my blog accurately reflects the personality of its author.
So I wouldn’t put too much stock in blog analysis tools. Perhaps these two aren’t the best examples of the genre. But for now I’d suggest they be used for entertainment purposes only.