3 Results - Genre

3.1 Author gender by genre

I classified book genre using tags listed by Goodreads.com. To examine how genres cluster together, I created a nearest neighbor graph from the cosine similarity between tag frequencies for the top 150 tags in the dataset (fig 3.1). Overlaying this graph with author gender show rather strong divisions between author genders for certain genres (fig 3.2). Since Goodreads tags are crowdsourced and created by readers, and readership and book reviews show gender bias (Thelwall 2019), the apparent gender-genre gap might not be reflected in the text itself. The list of tags and their frequency across author genders are in (table 7.1).