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Eten is een ontmoeting met anderen, eerst in familie en gezin, later met vriendinnen en minnaressen. Eten is omgeven door regels, tradities en taboes. In De inwendige worden oude gewoontes gaandeweg vervangen door nieuwe, en ontwikkelen beklemmende voorschriften zich tot obsessies. Arbeiderspers, € 18,95 gebonden. Ali Smith Meisje ontmoet jongen Een meisje ontmoet een jongen. Het is het oudste verhaal van de wereld. Maar wat gebeurt er als een oud verhaal onder compleet nieuwe omstandigheden verteld wordt?

Ali Smiths hervertelling van een van de metamorfosen van Ovidius is een verhaal over vloeibaarheid, over meisjes en jongens, meisjes en meisjes, liefde en verandering. Meisje ontmoet jongen is grappig en verfrissend, poëtisch en politiek: De Bezige Bij, € 14,95 gebonden Engels: Girl meets boy , € 15, Ali Smith De toevallige De familie Smart is een disfunctioneel gezin met veel geheimen.

De vakantie is dan ook geen succes, totdat Amber zich bij hen voegt, de vrouw waarvan niemand weet wie zij is of voor wie ze komt. Ze zal ieders leven veranderen, ook dat van de twaalfjarige Astrid die door Amber zeker weet dat ze op vrouwen valt. Een intelligent en ongewoon boek, voor liefhebbers van Woolf en Roland Barthes. Mouria, € 19,90 Engels The Accidental, € 12, Ali Smith Hotel Wereld Nu in pocket: Vijf vrouwen komen herdoor samen: Toon Tellegen Ik zal je nooit vergeten 'Twee vrouwen.

Verwachtingen ontbreken of zijn te hoog gespannen. Grasveldjes met tafeltjes, stoelen. De een wordt vergeetachtig. De ander wil niet achterblijven. Dat mag niet, denkt ze, dan zijn we verloren. Het ultieme lenteboekje dus: Twee oude vrouwtjes zijn de hoofdpersonen. Ze kunnen niet zonder elkaar, maar met elkaar is het zo nu en dan ook niet alles.

Ze houden zoveel van elkaar dat ze er bijna ongelukkig van worden. Hoe het ze vergaat is in elk van de drieënveertig verhaaltjes op eenzelfde manier verrassend weer anders.

Verlangen en weemoed, humor en tragiek wisselen elkaar af, in tekst en in beeld. Met de sobere illustraties van André Sollie en de harde kaft is het een prachtig boekje geworden. Elly de Waard De zon is vrouwelijk In deze bloemlezing is het mooiste werk van Elly de Waard gebundeld. Gepassioneerde liefdeslyriek, direct en met grote inzet geschreven. Een belangrijk thema is de liefde tussen vrouwen, en verder wordt haar poëzie gekenmerkt door haar beeldend vermogen en gevoel voor ritme.

Rainbow, € 9,95 gebonden. Ineke Walravens Tussenpersonen; roman over interseksualiteit De buitenwereld weet niet beter dan dat Anne een vrouw is. Dat is de keuze die haar ouders vlak na haar geboorte voor haar hebben gemaakt. In werkelijkheid is Anne een tussenpersoon: In het abantse dorp waar Anne haar leven lang al woont, staat het carnaval te beginnen als ze op zichzelf gaat wonen.

Ze zit dan ook middenin de verhuisdozen als haar beste vriend Eugene haar meesleept naar het feestgedruis. Hij haalt haar ook over om zich als man te verkleden. In de kleren van Eugene ontwaakt de mannelijke kant van Anne en doet ze haar eerste seksuele ervaring op. Tijdens het feest waar niets is wat het lijkt,ontdekt Anne wat haar pas verworven vrijheid haar te bieden heeft.

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Waters voert ons terug in de tijd, van naar en uiteindelijk en creëert daarmee een omgekeerde puzzel. Pas door terug te gaan in de tijd begrijpt de lezer wat deze vier mensen heeft bewogen. We zijn getuige van luchtaanvallen en verduisterde straten, maar ook van lesbische en verboden relaties, wilde feesten en liefdesavonturen, die Waters altijd zo broeierig weet te beschrijven. Ondanks de andere tijd en sfeer dan haar bestsellers Fluwelen begeerte en Vingervlug is ook dit boek weer van vertrouwde Waters-klasse door de spanning in het verhaal, herkenbare hoofdpersonen en hun hartstochtelijke liefdesleven.

Wat de Engelsen noemen, een 'must-read'! Sarah Waters Vingervlug In 19de-eeuws Londen groeit het weesmeisje Sue op, onder de liefdevolle hoede van haar pleegmoeder, in een omgeving van oplichterij, en kleine criminaliteit. Spoedig raakt ook Sue zelf betrokken.

Dan wordt zij heftig verliefd op een meisje In een duizelingwekkende reeks verwikkelingen wordt de lezer voortdurend op het verkeerde been gezet. Sarah Waters Fluwelen Begeerte Geweldig boek vol humor, avonturen, spanning, romantiek, leven en vooral veel sappig beschreven dameserotiek. Het speelt zich af in de Victoriaanse tijd en volgt de avonturen van Nan, een oesterverkoopster die uit liefde voor een circusmeisje naar London trekt. Daar belandt ze in de hogere kringen, raakt weer aan lager wal, en moet vele moeilijkheden overwinnen voor ze de ware liefde ontmoet.

Verslagen na de dood van haar vader, vindt Margaret een nieuw levensdoel: Vergeleken bij de moordenaars, gifmengsters en dieven lijkt het medium Selina Dawes vrij onschuldig. Margaret raakt in Selina's ban, met haar schemerwereld van seances en geestverschijningen. Bevangen door een ongekend hevige passie besluit ze Selina te bevrijden. Saskia Wieringa Het Krokodillengat Deze politieke roman gaat over de lesbische journaliste Tommy die in Jakarta terechtkomt in de schimmige wereld van de overlevenden van de genocide van Een van hen is een vrouw uit de vrouwenbeweging die jarenlang in de gevangenis zat vanwege haar vermeende betrokkenheid bij de moord op zes generaals bij het Krokodillengat; het startsein voor het uitmoorden van meer dan een miljoen Indonesiërs.

Deze vrouw vraagt Tommy, achttien jaar na dato, wereldkundig te maken wat er écht gebeurd is. Tommy gaat op onderzoek uit. Stap voor stap ontdekt ze hoe een campagne van seksuele laster gebruikt werd om de bevolking op te hitsen tot moordpartijen. En dan komt ze te dicht bij de verbijsterende waarheid… Het Krokodillengat is gebaseerd op Saskia Wieringa’s eigen onderzoek naar het verhaal achter de Indonesische genocide.

Zij is universitair docent en onderzoeker op het terrein van vrouwenstudies – voornamelijk in derdewereldlanden – en is verbonden aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam als cultureel antropoloog en bijzonder hoogleraar Gender and Women’s Same Sex Relations.

LaVita Publishing, € 17, Jeanette Winterson De stenen goden Over niks anders wordt er nog gepraat dan over de nieuwe Blauwe Planeet - ongerept en bewoonbaar, zoals de onze 65 miljoen jaar geleden was, lang voordat we haar aan de rand van de vernietiging brachten.

En op weg er naartoe worden Billie en Spike verliefd op elkaar. Wat gebeurt er als hun verhaal verstrengeld raakt met het verhaal van de wereld, terwijl ze naar de Blauwe Planeet vliegen, de toekomst tegemoet?

Zullen zij - en wij - ooit een veilige landingsplaats vinden? Een interplanetair liefdesverhaal - over Billie en Spike, over het verleden en de toekomst; een reisverhaal; een lofzang op de schoonheid van de wereld: De stenen goden is Jeanette Winterson op haar briljantst. Speels, gepassioneerd, controversieel, en vaak heel grappig.

De stenen goden is een roman die voor altijd de verhalen zal veranderen die we vertellen over de aarde, over liefde en over verhalen zelf. Contact, € 19,95 Engels: Stone Gods , E 20, Jeanette Winterson Vuurtorenwachten In Vuurtorenwachten vertelt Winterson het verhaal van het meisje Silver, dat al op jeugdige leeftijd haar alleenstaande moeder verliest en vervolgens wordt opgevoed door Pew, de vuurtorenwachter van een fictief plaatsje aan de woeste Schotse kust.

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Het levert een van de mooiste erotische passages op uit de lesbische literatuur. Winterson op haar best! Contact, € 15,90 Engels, Lighthousekeeping , € 14,95 www. Jeanette Winterson Op het lichaam geschreven Alle woorden die ons ter beschikking staan om onze liefde voor iemand uit te drukken zijn versleten en lijken aan betekenis te hebben ingeboet. En toch worden we telkens weer verliefd en zoeken we telkens weer naar nieuwe uitdrukkingen voor ons gevoel.

Jeanette Winterson exploreert in dit boek op geraffineerde wijze de grenzen van de taal der liefde. Ze beschrijft in dit boek de allesomvattende liefde van de verteller voor een vrouw. Contact, € 13,50 gebonden Engels, Written on the body , € 13, Een schitterend boek dat zich niet makkelijk laat navertellen.

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Maar diep van binnen is Ellen ervan overtuigd dat er iets helemaal mis is in haar leven. Het leven dat overschaduwd wordt door het misbruik in haar jeugd. Langzaam breekt het lege, eentonige en liefdeloze bestaan haar op. Wanhopig gaat ze op zoek naar troost, warmte en steun, die ze hoopt te vinden bij de mensen in haar omgeving.

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But Ronit is shocked too by the confrontation with her past. And when she meets up with her childhood girlfriend Esti, she is forced to think again about what she has left behind. Carol Anshaw Lucky in the corner Nora and Fern are just like any other mother and daughter - their relationship is tumultuous, marked by brooding silences and curt exchanges. For Nora, Fern is an enigma - incomprehensible, unfindable. Fern has never really forgiven her mother for leaving her marriage to live with her lover, Jeanne.

Their story is a contemporary one, in which mothering is a mapless journey and children are left to form themselves in the shadows cast by idiosyncratic parenting. Here, too, is the reality that perfectly reasonable people will find some way to throw a wrench into the smooth, well-oiled workings of their lives. Nora's relationship with Jeanne has settled into domestic stability, triggering in Nora a familiar restlessness that leads to an affair. When Fern intuits her mother's indiscretion, she looks to the two people she depends on most: As Fern begins to take on more of the baby's care herself, she discovers some of the powerful ambiguities of parental love - and starts to find her way back to her own mother.

Carol Anshaw Seven Moves Chris, a psychologist, and her girlfriend Taylor, a travel photographer, enjoy their life of urban domesticity - the two women share a house, a dog and a life until one day, out of the blue, Taylor vanishes. As her anger turns to alarm, Chris is left desperately following clues through friends. A random discovery sees her visions of kidnap and abduction re-shape themselves into more familiar fears as she finds herself confronting a side tot Taylor she never knew was there.

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She’s pregnant and healthy. She has friends and family who love her. She has money and meaningful work. And all she can do is obsess about the one thing she doesn’t have: My Miserable, Lonely, Lesbian Pregnancy is a funny, whiny, all-too-real account of one girl’s true adventure in maternity.

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Dalkey Archive, € 11, Djuna Barnes Nightwood Nightwood is not only a classic of lesbian literature, but was also acknowledged by no less than T. Eliot as one of the great novels of the 20th century. Eliot admired Djuna Barnes' rich, evocative language. Lesbian readers will admire the exquisite craftsmanship and Barnes' penetrating insights into obsessive passion. Barnes told a friend that Nightwood was written with her own blood "while it was still running. New Directions, € 14, Jane Bowles My Sister's Hand in Mine; the collected works of Jane Bowles This collection offers readers the rewarding opportunity of entering the strange but oddly homey world of its author.

The volume contains Bowles' only novel, Two Serious Ladies , her single work for the theater, In the Summer House , and thirteen short stories and unfinished pieces. Married to the more famous novelist, composer, and expatriate Paul Bowles, Jane was an apparently bisexual woman with strong lesbian leanings. Though her liveliness and wit were widely appreciated by other artists of the period, most of whom were also ardent admirers of her talent, Bowles' life was compromised by anxiety, and her final years were marked by severe illness and tragedy.

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Kijk bij lesbische films. Rhona Cameron takes place in a small fishing town called Musselburgh, situated on the east coast of Scotland. It's about a young girl who is very naive yet incredibly self-aware in the year that changed her life forever - an evocative, moving and at times hilarious true-life story about growing up gay in a small town, finding out you're adopted, and losing your father at the age of In this darkly funny and deeply biographical first book, Rhona Cameron takes us back to a time when everything seemed to change.

A new British government came to power, the Eighties were approaching and at times life felt so precarious that it really looked like she and her family might never make it through the next year, let alone the next decade. Ebury Press, € 14, Twentieth century lesbian, gay and bisexual authors of fiction began writing in codes as complex as Underground Railroad communiques, stepped tepidly out of the closet during the Harlem Renaissance.

From the turn-of-the-century writings of color-conscious Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Paul Laurence Dunbar's ex-wife who was herself a lesbian, to the unselfconscious pride and Afrocentricity of major SGL contemporary writers E.

Lynn Harris, James Earl Hardy and Marci Blackman, we are treated to fascinating biographical profiles, each of which is followed by an example of the writer's work. The literature of lesbianism From Renaissance love poems to twentieth-century novels, plays and short stories, The literature of lesbianism brings together hundreds of literary works on the subject of female homosexuality.

Over thousand pages, a real ‘must-have’ bible for every literature loving lesbian! But before she does so, she has one last task: This is a story of generations, of the relationships within a family - and of what goes to make a child. Abha Dawesar Babyji Sexy, surprising, and subversively wise, Babyji is the story of Anamika Sharma, a spirited student growing up in Delhi. At school she is an ace at quantum physics. At home she sneaks off to her parents’ scooter garage to read the Kamasutra.

Before long she has seduced an elegant older divorcée and the family servant, and has caught the eye of a classmate coveted by all the boys. With the world of adulthood dancing before her, Anamika confronts questions that would test someone twice her age. Ebullient, unfettered, and introducing one of the most charming heroines in contemporary fiction, Babyji is irresistible. Ellen Degeneres The funny thing is… After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a mere twenty minutes of sleep a night, and collaborating with lexicographers, plumbers, and mathematicians, DeGeneres has crafted a book that is both easy to use and very funny.

Along with her trademark ramblings, The Funny Thing Is Stacey D'Erasmo A seahorse year D'Erasmo's quiet, penetrating second novel after Tea follows a San Francisco family coping with a year-old son's mental illness. Christopher's mom, Nan, is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend Marina, who's like another mom; his sperm donor dad, Hal, is gay, a dancer-turned-CPA.

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Sile is a stylish citizen of the new Dublin, a veteran flight attendant who's traveled the world. Jude is a twenty-five-year-old archivist, stubbornly attached to the tiny town of Ireland, Ontario, in which she was born and raised. On her first plane trip, Jude's and Sile's worlds touch and snag at Heathrow Airport. In the course of the next year, their lives, and those of their friends and families, will be drawn into a new, shaky orbit. This sparkling, lively story explores age-old questions: Does where you live matter more than who you live with?

What would you give up for love, and would you be a fool to do so? Harper, € 21,95 gebonden de paperback verschijnt najaar Emma Donoghue Touchy Subjects; stories In this sparkling collection of nineteen stories, the bestselling author of Slammerkin returns to contemporary affairs, exposing the private dilemmas that result from some of our most public controversies.

A man finds God and finally wants to father a child-only his wife is now forty-two years old. A coach's son discovers his sexuality on the football field. A roommate's bizarre secret liberates a repressed young woman.

From the unforeseen consequences of a polite social lie to the turmoil caused by the hair on a woman's chin, Donoghue dramatizes the seemingly small acts upon which our lives often turn. Many of these stories involve animals and what they mean to us, or babies and whether to have them; some replay biblical plots in modern contexts. With characters old, young, straight, gay, and simply confused, Donoghue dazzles with her range and her ability to touch lightly but delve deeply into the human condition.

Emma Donoghue Life Mask From the author of the bestselling Slammerkin comes a gripping historical novel about three famous Londoners: Emma Donoghue Kissing the Witch; old tales in new skins Acclaimed writer Emma Donoghue spins new tales out of old in a magical web of thirteen interconnected stories about power and transformation and choosing one's own path in the world. In these fairy tales, women young and old tell their own stories of love and hate, honor and revenge, passion and deception.

Using the intricate patterns and oral rhythms of traditional fairy tales, Emma Donoghue wraps age-old characters in a dazzling new skin. Poems between women; four centuries of love, romantic firnedship, and desire Poets from the last years contribute to this rich anthology of women's love poetry, which includes works from Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Emily Dickinson, Audre Lorde and Adrienne Rich. This collection, revealing secrets, longings and startling friendships, is an eloquent tribute to love shared by women.

Columbia UP, 22,00, € 14, Carole Ann Duffy Rapture Carol Ann Duffy's new collection is about the loss and rediscovery of love in all its aspects ~ erotic, intellectual, emotional. Rapture is a book-length love-poem, and a moving act of personal testimony ~ but what sets these poems apart from other treatments of the subject is Duffy's refusal to simplify the contradictions of love, and read its transformations - infatuation, longing, passion, commitment, rancour, separation and grief - as either redemptive or destructive.

Rapture is a map of real love, in all its churning complexity; simultaneously direct and subtle, with poems that will find deep resonance in the experience of most readers, it is a collection that can and does speak for us all. Rapture is brilliant, beautiful, and heart-aching' ~ Jeanette Winterson Bloomsbury, € 17,95,.

Cathie Dunsford Return of the Selkies What happens when a group of indigenous storytellers and fishers from Inuit, Maori and Orcadian traditions get together in the Orkney Islands and begin to discover the truth about the Dounreay Nuclear Power Plant leaking waste into their fishing waters?

Return of the Selkies follows the activists, linking their ancient traditions, myths and stories as they take on the nuclear giant. The storytellers draw their strength from selkies and witches of the past.

The interweaving of myths from their traditions empowers them to move forward with strength, love and determination. All this with a feast of humour and energy that has the reader swimming and laughing with the magical selkies who can transform the future by interpreting the past.

Global Dialogue, € 19, Cathie Dunsford Cowrie Cowrie travels to Punalu'u, Hawai'i, where her grandfather lived and meets her extended family. She is attracted by the power of Pele, who breaths fire from the pit of Kiluaea. As she circles the island in an old pick up truck we discover that the tokens of her heritage link her mysteriously to Laukiamanuikahiki, turtle woman.

Sensual and sexual language draw life from the earth and ocean, and Cowrie too, as she tests the limits of her endurance and explores an erotic connection with land and sea. Island life erupts through these descriptions: Spinifex Press, € 15, The Journey Home follows her through her passions for life, love, food and challenge.

Peopled by a diverse array of characters: Benny the outrageous film maker, Petra who Cowrie falls in love with and the student DK who has a few things to learn. Torn between her newly made friendships in California and her roots in her homeland, Cowrie discovers that there is a price to pay for exile, even when it's voluntary.

She is in for a rough ride. As international attention is focused on the Pacific and the environment, the stakes rise. She is joined by Sahara, a young peace activist from England. But can she be trusted? Can anyone be trusted? With the rich flavours and textures of the island nations, Cathie Dunsford brings us a third novel about Cowrie. With sensuous writing and a deep knowledge of the traditions, the reader can feel the rock of the sea, taste the food, and fear the attacks on the peace flotilla.

Spinifex Press, € 16, Cathie Dunsford Song of the Selkies The Edinburgh Festival brings together artists from all over the world, and Cowrie is among them, telling stories and giving readings. But even Cowrie can't anticipate the chemistry that will begin when a group of traditional storytellers sets off to the Orkney Islands with Ellen, to stay at her coastal family cottages. For Ellen turns out to be Morrigan, and Morrigan is a selkie, living in the sea and on land.

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This type of character n-gram has the clear advantage of not needing any preprocessing in the form of tokenization. Original 1-gram About features. Original 3-gram About 77K features. Original 4-gram About K features. Original 5-gram About K features.

Again, we decided to explore more than one option, but here we preferred more focus and restricted ourselves to three systems. Our primary choice for classification was the use of Support Vector Machines, viz. With these main choices, we performed a grid search for well-performing hyperparameters, with the following investigated values: The second classification system was Linguistic Profiling LP; van Halteren , which was specifically designed for authorship recognition and profiling.

Roughly speaking, it classifies on the basis of noticeable over- and underuse of specific features. Before being used in comparisons, all feature counts were normalized to counts per words, and then transformed to Z-scores with regard to the average and standard deviation within each feature.

Here the grid search investigated: As the input features are numerical, we used IB1 with k equal to 5 so that we can derive a confidence value. The only hyperparameters we varied in the grid search are the metric Numerical and Cosine distance and the weighting no weighting, information gain, gain ratio, chi-square, shared variance, and standard deviation.

However, the high dimensionality of our vectors presented us with a problem. For such high numbers of features, it is known that k-NN learning is unlikely to yield useful results Beyer et al.

This meant that, if we still wanted to use k-NN, we would have to reduce the dimensionality of our feature vectors. For each system, we provided the first N principal components for various N. In effect, this N is a further hyperparameter, which we varied from 1 to the total number of components usually , as there are authors , using a stepsize of 1 from 1 to 10, and then slowly increasing the stepsize to a maximum of 20 when over Rather than using fixed hyperparameters, we let the control shell choose them automatically in a grid search procedure, based on development data.

When running the underlying systems 7. As scaling is not possible when there are columns with constant values, such columns were removed first. For each setting and author, the systems report both a selected class and a floating point score, which can be used as a confidence score. In order to improve the robustness of the hyperparameter selection, the best three settings were chosen and used for classifying the current author in question.

For LP, this is by design. For SVR, one would expect symmetry, as both classes are modeled simultaneously, and differ merely in the sign of the numeric class identifier. However, we do observe different behaviour when reversing the signs.

For this reason, we did all classification with SVR and LP twice, once building a male model and once a female model. For both models the control shell calculated a final score, starting with the three outputs for the best hyperparameter settings.

It normalized these by expressing them as the number of non-model class standard deviations over the threshold, which was set at the class separation value. The control shell then weighted each score by multiplying it by the class separation value on the development data for the settings in question, and derived the final score by averaging. It then chose the class for which the final score is highest. In this way, we also get two confidence values, viz.

Results In this section, we will present the overall results of the gender recognition. We start with the accuracy of the various features and systems Section 5. Then we will focus on the effect of preprocessing the input vectors with PCA Section 5. After this, we examine the classification of individual authors Section 5. For the measurements with PCA, the number of principal components provided to the classification system is learned from the development data.

Below, in Section 5. Starting with the systems, we see that SVR using original vectors consistently outperforms the other two. For only one feature type, character trigrams, LP with PCA manages to reach a higher accuracy than SVR, but the difference is not statistically significant. This gives the best chances that the selected optimal hyperparameters generalize to the author in question. Where Cohen assumes the two distributions have the same standard deviation, we use the sum of the two, practically always different, standard deviations.

Accuracy Percentages for various Feature Types and Techniques. In fact, for all the tokens n-grams, it would seem that the further one goes away from the unigrams, the worse the accuracy gets. An explanation for this might be that recognition is mostly on the basis of the content of the tweet, and unigrams represent the content most clearly. Possibly, the other n-grams are just mirroring this quality of the unigrams, with the effectiveness of the mirror depending on how well unigrams are represented in the n-grams.

For the character n-grams, our first observation is that the normalized versions are always better than the original versions. This means that the content of the n-grams is more important than their form. This is in accordance with the hypothesis just suggested for the token n-grams, as normalization too brings the character n-grams closer to token unigrams. The best performing character n-grams normalized 5-grams , will be most closely linked to the token unigrams, with some token bigrams thrown in, as well as a smidgen of the use of morphological processes.

However, we cannot conclude that what is wiped away by the normalization, use of diacritics, capitals and spacing, holds no information for the gender recognition. To test that, we would have to experiment with a new feature types, modeling exactly the difference between the normalized and the original form. This number was treated as just another hyperparameter to be selected.

In this section, we want to investigate how strong this dependency may have been. Recognition accuracy as a function of the number of principal components provided to the systems, using token unigrams. Figures 1, 2, and 3 show accuracy measurements for the token unigrams, token bigrams, and normalized character 5-grams, for all three systems at various numbers of principal components. For the unigrams, SVR reaches its peak Interestingly, it is SVR that degrades at higher numbers of principal components, while TiMBL, said to need fewer dimensions, manages to hold on to the recognition quality.

LP peaks much earlier However, it does not manage to achieve good results with the principal components that were best for the other two systems. Furthermore, LP appears to suffer some kind of mathematical breakdown for higher numbers of components. Although LP performs worse than it could on fixed numbers of principal components, its more detailed confidence score allows a better hyperparameter selection, on average selecting around 9 principal components, where TiMBL chooses a wide range of numbers, and generally far lower than is optimal.

We expect that the performance with TiMBL can be improved greatly with the development of a better hyperparameter selection mechanism. For the bigrams Figure 2 , we see much the same picture, although there are differences in the details. SVR now already reaches its peak TiMBL peaks a bit later at with And LP just mirrors its behaviour with unigrams. LP keeps its peak at 10, but now even lower than for the token n-grams However, all systems are in principle able to reach the same quality i.

Even with an automatically selected number, LP already profits clearly 1. Recognition accuracy as a function of the number of principal components provided to the systems, using token bigrams.

And TiMBL is currently underperforming, but might be a challenger to SVR when provided with a better hyperparameter selection mechanism. We will focus on the token n-grams and the normalized character 5-grams. As for systems, we will involve all five systems in the discussion. However, our starting point will always be SVR with token unigrams, this being the best performing combination. We will only look at the final scores for each combination, and forgo the extra detail of any underlying separate male and female model scores which we have for SVR and LP; see above.

When we look at his tweets, we see a kind of financial blog, which is an exception in the population we have in our corpus.

The exception also leads to more varied classification by the different systems, yielding a wide range of scores. SVR tends to place him clearly in the male area with all the feature types, with unigrams at the extreme with a score of Figure 4 shows that the male population contains some more extreme exponents than the female population.

The most obvious male is author , with a resounding Looking at his texts, we indeed see a prototypical young male Twitter user: From this point on in the discussion, we will present female confidence as positive numbers and male as negative. Recognition accuracy as a function of the number of principal components provided to the systems, using normalized character 5-grams. All systems have no trouble recognizing him as a male, with the lowest scores around 1 for the top function words.

If we look at the rest of the top males Table 2 , we may see more varied topics, but the wide recognizability stays. Unigrams are mostly closely mirrored by the character 5-grams, as could already be suspected from the content of these two feature types. For the other feature types, we see some variation, but most scores are found near the top of the lists. Top ranking males in SVR on token unigrams, with ranks and feature types. Feature type Unigram 1: Top Function 4: The best recognizable female, author , is not as focused as her male counterpart.

There is much more variation in the topics, but most of it is clearly girl talk of the type described in Section 5. In scores, too, we see far more variation. Even the character 5-grams have ranks up to 40 for this top Another interesting group of authors is formed by the misclassified ones. Taking again SVR on unigrams as our starting point, this group contains 11 males and 16 females.