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Microsoft just published a paper titled Demographic Prediction Based on User’s Browsing Behavior. Humm… Microsoft… get with the party. Seems your “research paper” is remarkably similar to this patent — User profile classification by web usage analysis, which was filed by Xerox on November 1st, 2001. Microsoft claims a 30% improvement in accuracy… Xerox claims 76% accuracy back in 2001 and MSFT 79% in 2007..

The technology (although not so “new”) is fascinating. Based on the websites that you visit, four out of five times a smart statistician can predict your gender correctly.

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