The Gender Gap Tracker works in three stages. First, it collects articles from various major Canadian news sources and stores them in a database. Then, it identifies people in the articles and determines whether they are speaking, and what their gender is. The third stage draws on the data provided and visualizes it.
The gender identification process assigns people to one of three categories: male, female, and unknown in situations where it’s not sure, such as with gender-neutral names or organizations.