A computer program can allegedly distinguish between male and female authors with 80% accuracy. If this can be independently verified, I guess you can’t argue with success, but I’m deeply suspicious of anything that runs on this kind of fuel:
“Women have a more interactive style,” said Shlomo Argamon, a computer scientist at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago who developed the program. “They want to create a relationship between the writer and the reader.”
Men, on the other hand, use more numbers, adjectives and determiners – words such as “the,” “this” and “that” – because they apparently care more than women do about conveying specific information.
Uh huh. Anyway, read all about it in the Jewish World Review story (which I chose out of a bunch of identical ones from different newspapers because it has the URL of a site where you can examine Argamon’s research); thanks to Laputan Logic for the story (he gives a link to The Age, but it’s the same old applesauce).
Addendum. Related MetaFilter thread.