This is Why You Can’t Trust Blog-Analyzing Websites September 11, 2010

This is Why You Can’t Trust Blog-Analyzing Websites

I curse Jen McCreight for pointing this out to me:

friendlyatheist.com is probably written by a female somewhere between 66-100 years old. The writing style is personal and upset most of the time.

That is *so* far from the truth.

I rarely get upset.


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  • Nikk Bluue

    *gasp*

    You curse Jen?!?! :-O

    May the Purple Chihuahua nip you with her Wittle Fangeroos at your ankles for that comment! 😛

    Seriously, didn’t know they have blog analyzers. As if the world needs another anal. 😉

  • ckitching

    On the bright side, it appears you have aged extremely well. You don’t look 66-100 years old.

  • They actually got me right!
    “ornerypest.blogspot.com is probably written by a male somewhere between 66-100 years old. The writing style is personal and upset most of the time.”
    I’m male, 67 years old!

  • Atheistically Yours

    You know you have “arrived” (even on the Internet!) when your sight is critiqued-even a BAD critique! Relish in the fact that you are being recognized! 😉

  • Of course, this bring to my mind the “I Write Like” meme… Remember that debacle?

  • tim

    The writing style is personal and upset most of the time.

    Actually that is how your writing comes across many of the time.

    PZ falls into the same trap. His writing comes off as arrogant and angry although in real life he is really a nice guy (his writing is also superficial which is why I stopped reading his blog – that and his little cult).

    That’s why I believe blogs don’t really foster a good environment for debates and real discussion. Context and body language are important.

  • Richard Wade

    What nonsense. I hope this is tongue-in-cheek. This is about as reliable as randomly picking a horoscope profile out of the paper. “Oh! That fits me to a tee! Amazing!”

    Take it from an expert. If you’re upset most of the time, you’ll probably not live to your sixties. One thing you can look forward to at this age is a lot more serenity and equanimity.

    If you are that old and “upset most of the time,” get larger shoes and cut back on the spicy foods.

  • cutthroatjane

    you make for a pretty handsome elderly woman, that’s for sure.

  • Hitch

    Underestimating age by over 200 years is impolite in most galaxies.

  • The age and gender are obviously way off, but I’d agree that this blog is personal and rather upset. Why wouldn’t you be? There’s precious few happy events to report in the realm of atheism. I don’t think upset is like hysterical in this case.

    My writing blog came out:

    nora-writes.blogspot.com is probably written by a female somewhere between 18-25 years old. The writing style is personal and happy most of the time.

    I’m actually pretty impressed, as I am a 23 year old female and definitely think I write very personally on my blogs. Happy, well, that’s a mix. Between bemoaning writer’s block and celebrating drafts, it’s probably about 50-50.

    (I’d imagine my LJ would be “personal and upset” as I whinge a LOT on there, but a lot of it is f-locked, so no good to run it.)

  • Is there something about older females that makes them upset all the time?

  • Kamaka

    So, do we call you “Granny” from now on?

  • littlejohn

    You bear a remarkable resemblance to my grandmother.
    But then she was a lumberjack with a hormone problem and my grandfather was blind.

  • Nancy

    Well, I just home from your lecture in Mobile. And I can attest that you are definitely not female and not a day over 27!.

    Enjoyed the talk BTW, it was great!

  • Ha ha! I got the exact same analysis as Hemant. He must be my twin sister! (Separated at birth?)

  • I got the same analysis as well, albeit they guessed male. I’ll agree with the male, personal and upset part (I find curse words to be so fucking expressive, after all), but it would appear I’m old before my time. Damn kids and their music.

  • Judith Bandsma

    Gee, I wonder why they’d think the writer of a blog titled ‘the Occasional Bitch’ would be upset most of the time.

    Although they did get the age close. I admit to being somewhere between menopause and dead.

  • Sarah

    Methinks the results are skewed from the amount of quotations and extracts you use.

  • NewEnglandBob

    …and we care what this person thinks because why?

  • Philosos

    Their algorithm is flawed, that is all. Sarcasm is often misunderstood and missed by human beings, more so by analytical software.

  • Ron in Houston

    Nah, nah, Hemant blogs like an old woman…

  • Maybe you’re just pretending to be a 20-something Indian man and the guy I met was just an actor…tricky, tricky

  • Echo

    Gah, this one really gives crappy results as far as I’m concerned. Flipped the gender, age category, and the personal-general dimension.

    Here is one that tackles gender and explains its results:

    http://bookblog.net/gender/analysis.php

    Here is another, uClassify-based like urlAI, that is a bit more accurate (and runs a poll on its accuracy):

    http://genderanalyzer.com/

  • Anonymous

    Hey I found another website built on the same technology.
    http://www.genderanalyzer.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.friendlyatheist.com

    We guess http://www.friendlyatheist.com is written by a man (52%), however it’s quite gender neutral.

  • It didn’t exactly get mine right, either. I feel old now.

    is probably written by a female somewhere between 66-100 years old. The writing style is personal and happy most of the time.

    I have a ways to go before I hit 66… I wonder how the approximate age is determined.

  • “Henmat blogs like an old woman,” lol.

    i find these things most amusing but don’t really take them too seriously. as someone upthread said, human beings can miss sarcasm and humor and all sorts of other stuff when they read what others write. we’re nowhere close to having AI that can come anywhere near approximating the most stupid human being, in this sense.

  • You may not BE upset, but your writings are often upsetting, portraying you as being upset.

  • I got the same thing. I’m a 23-year-old male.

  • muggle

    As a bitchy old grammy, I’m resenting the stereo-typing.

    Richard, we’ll see! I intend to drag my curmudgeonly ass well into my 80’s at least. Since I’m only 52 and in poor health, we’ll see. I am rather amazed that my overweight, type-A personality hasn’t had a heart attack yet.

    Of course, I also hold that I’m actually an optimist in disguise. That is people quite often mistake me for a pessimist. Not true. If I’ve half a glass of chocolate milk, I still have chocolate milk to enjoy, damn it, even if I would like more.

    I suspect people think I’m pessimistic for the same reason they mistake me as gay — stereotyping. I’m not skipping around going la, la, la everything is magic fairy dust, sunshine and roses and am quick to point out the flaws. People, this is because I’m optimistic they can be worked on and at least partially fixed. If not, I’d be too apathetic to mention them.

    Been retired a month now and still haven’t got around to setting up the blog I intended to. Still not enough hours in the day to do all the fun shit I want to. Sigh. Maybe by the time the grandson’s been back in school for a month… but I’m not promising. I kill too much time on here, on FB and on video games and being a stay-at-home-grandmother. Life is good. Retired life is great!

  • I wonder how the approximate age is determined.

    All of the categories are determined by their similarity with a large base of samples of known gender/age/tone. So I don’t think there’s any stereotyping involved–it’s merely comparative statistics.

  • Almost spot on… well, actually given the fact I write primarily on gender-dissonance issues it’s completely spot on.

    26-31 year old female, 75% upset, probably about 85% personal.

  • Hemant, I got the same as you buddy.