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July 25th, 2015


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12:40 am - Let The Computer Discern Your Innermost Nature
There's a new application for Watson the Jeopardy-winning computer –. discerning personality traits from text . Input anything over 100 words in the box, click analyze and get results.

Needless to say, I tried this, and to see how it worked I tried it a number of times with different livejournal posts. I did not get identical results, but I did get a host of similar ones.

Here are some comments
  • You are inner-directed, skeptical and can be perceived as critical.
  • You are shrewd and skeptical.
  • You are shrewd, skeptical and can be perceived as indirect.
  • Your choices are driven by a desire for well-being. (this result was very common).
  • You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done (this result was very common).
  • 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.
  • You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them (this result was very common).
  • You are calm-seeking: you prefer activities that are quiet, calm, and safe. And you are independent: you have a strong desire to have time to yourself.
  • You consider both independence and taking pleasure in life to guide a large part of what you do. You like to set your own goals to decide how to best achieve them. And you are highly motivated to enjoy life to its fullest.
Of course, there were also some amusing contradictions, such as one post giving me:

You consider achieving success to guide a large part of what you do: you seek out opportunities to improve yourself and demonstrate that you are a capable person.

And the very next one giving me:

You are relatively unconcerned with achieving success: you make decisions with little regard for how they show off your talents.

So, skeptical, empathetic, and unconcerned with tradition – not the deepest analysis, but generally fairly accurate. I'm now very interested at what this will look like after a couple of more iterations of Moore's Law and more data – in 3-4 years this could be quite impressive.

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From:china_shop
Date:July 25th, 2015 08:08 am (UTC)
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I put in a blog post I wrote about being an introvert, and it told me (among other things), "And you are unconcerned with art: you are less concerned with artistic or creative activities than most people who participated in our surveys."

Oookay.

I think it's a horoscope machine.
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From:heron61
Date:July 25th, 2015 08:37 am (UTC)
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The few things that came up repeatedly for me looked reasonable and may mean that this has some validity, as for the rest, that sounds about right.
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From:queerbychoice
Date:July 25th, 2015 08:47 am (UTC)
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I put in the whole most recent page of my LiveJournal, broken into parts to fit. Here are some of my frequent results:

You are inner-directed, unconventional, and somewhat indirect.
You are excitable, guarded, and can be perceived as compulsive.
You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them.
You are independent: you have a strong desire to have time to yourself.
And you are unconcerned with art: you are less concerned with artistic or creative activities than most people who participated in our surveys.
Your choices are driven by a desire for well-being.
You consider helping others to guide a large part of what you do: you think it is important to take care of the people around you.
You are relatively unconcerned with both tradition and taking pleasure in life. You care more about making your own path than following what others have done. And you prefer activities with a purpose greater than just personal enjoyment.

I agree with the "horoscope machine" assessment. Aside from the art bit, nothing is necessarily wrong, but I think these results could be given to anyone and seem equally accurate.
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From:sythyry
Date:July 25th, 2015 02:56 pm (UTC)
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I tossed random text from my random insult generator at it.

You are confident and informal.

You are unconcerned with art: you are less concerned with artistic or creative activities than most people who participated in our surveys. You are assertive: you tend to speak up and take charge of situations, and you are comfortable leading groups. And you are cautious of others: you are wary of other people's intentions and do not trust easily.

You are motivated to seek out experiences that provide a strong feeling of belongingness.

You are relatively unconcerned with both taking pleasure in life and independence. You prefer activities with a purpose greater than just personal enjoyment. And you welcome when others direct your activities for you.
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From:mindstalk
Date:July 25th, 2015 03:46 pm (UTC)
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My first answer was:

"The input you provided matched 66 words from our lexicon, we require 70 matching words to calculate characteristics with any confidence."
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From:siderea
Date:July 26th, 2015 11:52 pm (UTC)
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"Siderea Reads Watership Down: Introduction (Part 0)" got:
You are inner-directed and somewhat indirect.

You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. You are proud: you hold yourself in high regard, satisfied with who you are. And you are independent: you have a strong desire to have time to yourself.

You are motivated to seek out experiences that provide a strong feeling of well-being.

You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider achieving success to guide a large part of what you do: you seek out opportunities to improve yourself and demonstrate that you are a capable person.

"Siderea Reads Watership Down: El-ahrairah to His Warren (Part 1)":
You are shrewd and skeptical.

You are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life. You are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them. And you are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them.

Experiences that give a sense of connectedness hold some appeal to you.

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.


"Siderea Reads Watership Down: The First Sixty-Five Pages (Part 2)":
You are unconventional.

You are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life. You are empathetic: you feel what others feel and are compassionate towards them. And you are intermittent: you have a hard time sticking with difficult tasks for a long period of time.

Your choices are driven by a desire for well-being.

You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider helping others to guide a large part of what you do: you think it is important to take care of the people around you.


"Talent under Capitalism":
You are a bit inconsiderate and somewhat critical.

You are intermittent: you have a hard time sticking with difficult tasks for a long period of time. You are unstructured: you do not make a lot of time for organization in your daily life. And you are unconcerned with art: you are less concerned with artistic or creative activities than most people who participated in our surveys.

Your choices are driven by a desire for connectedness.

You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider achieving success to guide a large part of what you do: you seek out opportunities to improve yourself and demonstrate that you are a capable person.


"Considering an Artifact of Military Culture":
You are shrewd, somewhat inconsiderate and can be perceived as indirect.

You are intermittent: you have a hard time sticking with difficult tasks for a long period of time. You are laid-back: you appreciate a relaxed pace in life. And you are proud: you hold yourself in high regard, satisfied with who you are.

You are motivated to seek out experiences that provide a strong feeling of connectedness.

You are relatively unconcerned with tradition: you care more about making your own path than following what others have done. You consider helping others to guide a large part of what you do: you think it is important to take care of the people around you.
I'm trying to figure out what is meant by "indirect".

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