Research Found Difference between Tweets Based on Gender

Posted on Feb 22 2013 - 10:22pm by Sidrah Zaheer

Tweets by gendersWhen you read something, you can often guess whether the writer is a man or a woman, but the kind of words they use, the way they form their sentences and also the topic they speak or write about. However, this is not always the case to judge the gender of the writer when they use a pseudonym like users do online. But a new research from the University has shown that those users tweeting on Twitter can be guessed.

There had been earlier studies and research on this subject, but this is the first time a progress has been made toward determining the gender. The previous study by the researchers led to 75.5% accuracy in identifying the tweeters from 184,000 Twitter users from the United States of America that were selected for the study. Now, they have reached 88.8% accuracy by deciphering gender-based lexicon in a different way.

The researchers found the both men and women have various styles of speech, both within them and compared to each other. When a man speaks to a man, they use words specific to their gender and same goes for a woman, but those who have a balance between same number of male friends or acquaintances as females, they use a language which is less easy to determine their own gender.

Twitter is now used in around 33 languages of the world, but most tweets are in English language. Just a general identification points for an American male Twitter user is swearing, technology, sports, and when talking about relations, using numbers. Those specific to an American female user had words related to family members a lot. It would be interesting to see if other languages of Twitter can also be identified and researched in the similar manner.

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