OR, YOU COULD JUST LOOK AT MY PICTURE….Moshe Koppel says his software can determine if this blog is written by a man or a woman. How? Just by looking at the word usage:
Koppel’s group found that the single biggest difference is that women are far more likely than men to use personal pronouns-”I”, ”you”, ”she”, ”myself”, or ”yourself” and the like. Men, in contrast, are more likely to use determiners-”a,” ”the,” ”that,” and ”these”-as well as cardinal numbers and quantifiers like ”more” or ”some.” As one of the papers published by Koppel’s group notes, men are also more likely to use ”post-head noun modification with an of phrase”-phrases like ”garden of roses.”
There are many, many caveats to all this, so read the whole article if you’re interested. In the meantime, I’m going to try and cut down on my use of post-head noun modifications with an of phrase.