The Identity of Bloggers: Openness and Gender in Personal Weblogs

Scott Nowson, Jon Oberlander

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Abstract / Description of output

Work has recently been completed on a PhD Thesis concerning individual difference in the language of personal weblogs (Nowson 2005). This paper highlights some of the results. Blogs are increasingly used as a resource for academic study, as evidenced by this symposium. Bloggers are not, however, representative of the population as a whole: they are more likely to be teenage or 20-something females, and appear to be highly Open to Experience. Following our linguistic analysis of personal blog entries, we are constructing a
feature set for the automatic detection of gender: a small amount of n-gram context proves best at accounting for variance when compared to dictionary-based analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAAAI Spring Symposium of Computational Approaches to Analysing Weblog
PublisherAAAI Press
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • AWM2010 bloggers personality weblogGoalExtraction weblogs


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