IBM Watson, the system that processes information more like a human than a computer, has a new trick up its sleeve: Analyzing your personality or other people's personality based on what they write.
This means you can paste in some text from an email from your boss, text from a speech by a political figure, a tweet from a celebrity, or your own journal writings to measure their personality. Watson uses linguistic analytics to generate these insights.
You are shrewd, skeptical and tranquil.
You are unstructured: you do not make a lot of time for organization in your daily life. You are imaginative: you have a wild imagination. And you are philosophical: you are open to and intrigued by new ideas and love to explore them.
Experiences that give a sense of prestige hold some appeal to you.
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. You are relatively unconcerned with taking pleasure in life: you prefer activities with a purpose greater than just personal enjoyment.
The results go deeper than the kind of summary above, with percentages for specific traits like imagination, intellect, cheerfulness, sympathy, fiery, self-consciousness, and orderliness.
The personality assessment is based on a comparison to people in IBM's surveys and definitely depends on the nature of the writing excerpt you use. (I tried another writing sample from a psychology post I wrote about jealousy, and Watson told me I am melancholy and have a fiery temper.)
Mashable ran the tests using public figures: Taylor Swift, Donald Trump, and Nick Denton, noting some fitting and not-so-fitting results.
Obviously, this kind of analysis should be taken with a grain of salt, but it's still a fun parlor game to play with words from either people you know or people in the public eye.
(By the way, I just ran the text in this post and am told by Watson that I am heartfelt, somewhat insensitive, opinionated, proud, cautious of others, carefree, and concerned with purposes greater than just personal enjoyment. Thanks, Watson!)