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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

IBM Watson Demo Psychoanalyzes Your Writing

So I came across this the other day, I guess many people will have already known about it, or maybe it's even been posted here, but it's interesting.

Basically, copy and paste a few paragraphs from something you've written into the text field and hit analyze, and it evaluates your writing and spits out a bunch of statistics on some typical psychology criteria like Openness, Empathy, Creativity, etc.

Presumably this is done simply by your word choice, so do be aware that the topic likely will have a significant bearing on the results - ie, pasting a long, intellectual bit of "thinking aloud" about the complexities of life and your own experiences is likely to give you a dramatically different result than posting a block about why Knuckles the Echidna is your favorite Sonic character.

I did notice, though, when I posted two fairly different but still related "articles" of mine on the same topic, many of the values in the majority of properties remained fairly consistent, while a handful changed wildly. It does list me repeatedly as 94% Cautious and 98% Melancholy (I have clinical depression so I guess it shows through, if this is accurate, which is interesting), and says I'm "100%" creative - I don't know what practical meaning a number has in something like that, but it's interesting. It also gives you a few sentence general summary of its findings and a visual diagram representing the text values it came up with.

So if you are interested, try it out, maybe post your results here and compare and discuss. Kind of an interesting time waster. For thoroughness, if you are someone who is concerned about people "stealing" your ideas or finding out things about you, do remember that ANYTHING you post ANYWHERE on the internet is theoretically read and stored and could even be hacked even from the assumedly secure/objective site (like an IBM demo), so maybe don't post the entirely of your tween vampire romance novel or your own last five year journal of coming to terms with the fact that Justin Bieber really helped you become the adult you are today...

I don't necessarily agree with a lot of the things below that Watson determined, but a person can't really just be reduced to a pile of labels and numbers, and even two samples of writing on different topics on different days could yield vastly differing analysis, so I'd recommend you do like me and take it with a grain of salt. =)

Challenge 100%
Closeness 100%
Curiosity 100%
Excitement 100%
Harmony 100%
Ideal 4%
Liberty 100%
Love 13%
Practicality 82%
Self-expression 100%
Stability 98%
Structure 56%

Conservation 1%
Openness to change 88%
Hedonism 73%
Self-enhancement 76%
Self-transcendence 58%

You are heartfelt and confident.
You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life. And you are unstructured: you do not make a lot of time for organization in your daily life.

Your choices are driven by a desire for prestige.
You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider independence to guide a large part of what you do: you like to set your own goals to decide how to best achieve them.