The first programmer in the world was a woman named Ada Lovelace and she also has an eponymous programming language in her name. Irrespective of that, are women better programmers than men? Women are definitely better multitaskers and it has been proven repeatedly. They are good at maths. They are good at science. Yes, it has often been proven that they are not good at driving, but when it comes to using the brain, women have always proven themselves better than men. Here in India, girls are always outscoring boys in various competitive exams.
A new research has revealed that computer code written by women, upon being analysed, gets higher approval rating compared to computer code written by men, provided that their gender is not revealed. The US researchers used the open source program sharing service GitHub to analyse nearly 1.4 million users to arrive at the conclusion that can confirm the perception that has been around in the world for more than a century that women are better programmers than men.
The researchers are from the computer science departments at Caly Poly and North Carolina State University. In total they studied 4 million people who logged on to Github in a single day on April 1, 2015.
There is a “pull request” done at GitHub. Whenever a piece of code is changed at GitHub, it is reviewed by other members of the website. This act of making the change to the repository and then letting it be known to the other members of the community is called “pull request”.
During the study it was noted that 78.6% pull requests made by women were accepted compared to 74.6% pull requests by men.
Despite the fact that women are better programmers than men, bias exists. According to the research, if it became known that the person making the pull request is a female, there is a bias. For people who don’t regularly use GitHub and are not familiar with programmers involved, if the gender is unidentifiable the acceptance rate was 71.8%, but the acceptance rate came down to 62.5% when the gender became known.