Watson’s User Modelling

I found this interesting website while surfing the net. It analyses your writing and provides an assessment of your personality.

What the model/service measures.

It measure 3 or 7 main aspects of your character. What they call the Big 5, your Needs, and your Values.

So I submitted blog posts from two of my blogs (Geylang Girl – where I blog as a little 3-month old girl; and PLAG – where I embarrass my wife… and daughter.)

These were the results.

Geylang Girl “Worst.Day.Ever.” PLAG “Z’s BF”
Big 5

Openness   4%

Adventurousness   8%

Artistic interests    1%

Emotionality          84%

Imagination            1%

Intellect                   5%

Authority-challenging  13%

Big 5

Openness   1%

Adventurousness   8%

Artistic interests    60%

Emotionality           94%

Imagination             1%

Intellect                     3%

Authority-challenging   1%

Conscientiousness   7%Achievement striving  10%

Cautiousness                23%

Dutifulness                    28%

Orderliness                   99%

Self-discipline                 7%

Self-efficacy                  10%

Conscientiousness  3%Achievement striving   3%

Cautiousness                 3%

Dutifulness                     7%

Orderliness                  75%

Self-discipline               6%

Self-efficacy                  10%

Extraversion            55%

 

Activity level                 94%

Assertiveness               89%

Cheerfulness                74%

Excitement-seeking  28%

Outgoing                      84%

Gregariousness           69%

Extraversion        100%

 

Activity level              5%

Assertiveness          100%

Cheerfulness            100%

Excitement-seeking  98%

Outgoing                    100%

Gregariousness          100%

Agreeableness         99%Altruism                        37%

Cooperation                  32%

Modesty                         99%

Uncompromising         98%

Sympathy                     59%

Trust                             76%

Agreeableness      100%Altruism                       83%

Cooperation                 15%

Modesty                       66%

Uncompromising         95%

Sympathy                    99%

Trust                             59%

Emotional range    98%Fiery                             97%

Prone to worry            93%

Melancholy                   97%

Immoderation              89%

Self-consciousness        69%

Susceptible to stress    99%

Emotional range   86% Fiery                            92%

Prone to worry           96%

Melancholy                  99%

Immoderation             92%

Self-consciousness        3%

Susceptible to stress   96%

NeedsChallenge            43%

Closeness            78%

Curiosity             74%

Excitement         75%

Harmony             65%

Ideal                     37%

Liberty                 87%

Love                     50%

Practicality          42%

Self-expression   41%

Stability                45%

Structure              67%

NeedsChallenge               61%

Closeness                78%

Curiosity                  67%

Excitement              50%

Harmony                  65%

Ideal                           70%

Liberty                       74%

Love                            67%

Practicality                72%

Self-expression         25%

Stability                      56%

Structure                    62%

ValuesConservation                 72%

Openness to change     13%

Hedonism                      48%

Self-enhancement        91%

Self-transcendence      39%

ValuesConservation                88%

Openness to change     2%

Hedonism                       9%

Self-enhancement       54%

Self-transcendence      73%

 (Apologies if the table is a little misaligned. Can’t seem to get it to format properly.)

The website is based on the theory that language use reflects personality. The system uses Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count (LIWC) “to find psychologically meaningful word categories from word usage in writings”.

I think this means that if you use the word “use”, it says something about your personality as oppose to using the word “utilise”. Using one word instead of the other could mean that you are more direct or have strong opinions, or is more active and so on.

Or it could mean just that you don’t know the word “utilise”. Which may say something else.

What I think though, is that you should be quite fluent in English (it only works with English) to get a decent reading on your personality. It is supposed to be more accurate with a larger sample of writing (3000 words or more), but the current beta system works with 100 words.

However, the analysis also depends on the purpose of the writing. The samples above from my two personal blogs indicate that I am an idiot (Intellect 5% and 3%).

I was of course insulted by this and submitted writing from my work. My intellect rose to 100%. I should show this to my boss to prove that I am using my brain at work, and deserve every cent of my salary.

But I also wanted to know if I wrote differently in Geylang Girl and in PLAG2Gether. And based on two blog posts, it would seem so. My extraversion score on PLAG was almost twice that of GG.

GG valued Self-enhancement more than PLAG, while PLAG valued self-transcendence more.

And there are other differences.

So the model isn’t a personality assessment as much as a writing assessment. If you write from a personal perspective, your emotional range presumably should score high (like the two blog articles), however if you are writing more professionally, your writing should probably reflect less emotion, and perhaps more intellect, assertiveness, structure, conscientiousness, etc.

Not an endorsement of this model, but I think it might be useful as a way of knowing your writing style.

 

 

 

 

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