Recently I was reading a blog post from PRDaily titled “What your writing says about your personality (according to a computer).” Of course I had to take the “quiz” and thought it was an interesting concept that a computer could analyze my personality in 120 words. I decided to write this blog post about the quiz, because of the topic, but it was also serendipitous that original author of the blog post, Laura Hale Brockway, shares my last name. #GoTeamBrockway
The basics of the quiz are that you type in a minimum of 100 words and then the computer will analyze your writing against certain predetermined traits. I decided to take the quiz twice (both with exactly 120 words) to see if the results would be the same, after all the quiz is about analyzing the characteristics of the person who wrote it, right?
The first quiz was all about me (my son, what I do for work and for fun) and the second was from a byline I had written for a client (the client was ACCEL, a nonprofit special education organization for children with special needs, ages 5-22, and adults 18 and over). Interestingly enough, the results couldn’t have been more opposite in pretty much all of the categories. While I do think the results from the first quiz (about me) were pretty accurate, I don’t know if the validity of analyzing the writer’s characteristics is accurate. It was the same writer for both pieces.
So now I want to know, have you taken the quiz? What is your opinion? Can a computer accurately analyze a writer?