Detecting gender by full name: Experiments with the Russian language

Alexander Panchenko, Andrey Teterin

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This paper describes a method that detects gender of a person by his/her full name. While some approaches were proposed for English language, little has been done so far for Russian. We fill this gap and present a large-scale experiment on a dataset of 100,000 Russian full names from Facebook. Our method is based on three types of features (word endings, character n-grams and dictionary of names) combined within a linear supervised model. Experiments show that the proposed simple and computationally efficient approach yields excellent results achieving accuracy up to 96 %.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-182
Number of pages14
JournalCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Gender detection
  • Short text classification


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