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Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

deadlockvictim Silver badge

Work with facts

Take census data and official data about legal given-name changes, if available

Choose bounds (how far back do you want to go? only results from living people? only results from people within a certain state?)

Return percentage results of given-names per sex [1] as specified in the official data collected above.

Return clusters of results as appropriate, e.g. by cultural regions: a given-name may be mostly a girl's name in Japan but a boy's name in Finland.

Now, it is not guessing the sex of the person based on their e-mail address, merely on the submitted names.

[1] Given names are based on the apparent sex of a baby, not its gender, until the person bearing the name actively chooses to change it. Sex & gender are not the same, despite American prudishness.

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