Computers ‘good judge of character’

first_imgHealthLifestyle Computers ‘good judge of character’ by: BBC News – January 14, 2015 Sharing is caring! Share 149 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img What do your Facebook “likes” say about you?Computers can be better at predicting our personality than our friends and family, an experiment with tens of thousands of volunteers has indicated.By analysing “likes” on Facebook, a computer model deduced a person’s character on five key traits better than brothers, mothers and even some partners.The Cambridge team acknowledge that personality is more complex than this.But they say the results show computers can outpace humans.And the findings, in the journal PNAS, suggest some interesting associations – Facebook fans of Dr Who tend to be shy, while fans of Big Brother are conservative or conventional.Digital footprintThe University of Cambridge and Stanford University researchers had already said that Facebook “likes” could be used to predict a raft of personal information including sexual orientation and political leaning.In this study, they wanted to go a step further and pit man against machine to see which would perform better at making judgements about human character and personality.Dr Youyou Wu and her colleagues ran the data of 70,520 willing Facebook users through their computer system, which linked “likes” to five core personality traits:• agreeableness• conscientiousness• extraversion• neuroticism• opennessThe Facebook users completed a personality questionnaire and were asked to get their colleagues, friends and family to act as character witnesses by filling out a survey.The researchers then compared all the results to see how the computer model fared in summing up a person’s self-reported character.Given enough “likes”, the computers came closer to a person’s self-reported personality than even their closest allies.By looking at just 10 Facebook “likes”, the computer was able to outperform a work colleague.Analysing 70 “likes” let the machine rival a friend or flatmate.Using 150 “likes”, it trumped a family member, but not a partner – it took 300 likes to match or outdo their deductive power.Given that the average Facebook user had about 227 “likes” on their profile, this was ample for a computer to go on, said Dr Wu – a visiting intern at Facebook and a PhD student at the University of Cambridge.“It may seem surprising because people are generally good at judging personality.“It’s intuitive to think that people close to us know us very well, so it’s even more impressive that computers are able to beat us at our game.”She said that people now spent a lot of time online, which gave computers the edge.“Friends and colleagues might only see us in a limited number of situations, so they have less information to go on.“Computers can access a lot of relevant information about us and have a huge memory capacity.“And they can make judgements in a consistent, systematic way, whereas humans may be biased.”Alan Redman, a chartered psychologist with a specialist interest in personality and psychometrics, said advertising companies already used our digital footprints to build a picture of who we were.And potential employers might want to check social media sites before seeing a candidate.“We do need to be careful,” he added.“We have little control over the data that is being collected about us.” Share Sharelast_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014

first_imgGuidance Office News:College visits during lunch:Thursday, November 13- Fort Hays CollegeTuesday, Nov. 18 – Hesston College Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Wednesday, November 12, 2014:MondayTuesday• Scholars’ Bowl at WHS 4 p.m.• Football Awards Banquet 7 p.m.WednesdayThursdayFridayMonday’s lunch: Hamburger/bun, romaine and tomato, sweet potato wedges, mixed fruit, rice crispy bar.Tuesday’s lunch: Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes/gravy, fresh broccoli, peaches.Today’s News*Classic Movie Club will be showing a movie on Tuesday, November 18 in room 205. The movie is “The outlaw Jose Wales” starring Clint Eastwood.*Students: Remember to bring non-perishable food donations to any of your classroom teachers.  If, by the end of the day Thursday, there is enough food in a teacher’s classroom to fill the doorway up to the door handle, then that teacher is “canned”, and they may not teach on Friday. Keep in mind, the purpose of this food drive is to raise food for those in need, so please make sure your donations are of nutritional value.  Ramen noodles will not be accepted. All proceeds will go the Wellington Food Bank.*STUDENTS: If you are participating in a winter sport and do not have a physical or concussion form on file, you must do so before you will be allowed to practice. You can pick up the forms in the counselor’s office.*There is a sign-up sheet in the office for Special K Basketball. Please sign up by November 25.*Seniors: Please start turning in your needed pictures for the graduation video, along with your top 3 song choices to be in the video. You can turn them into Mrs. Vaughn in room 203, Leah Nelson or Shayna Templeton. Please turn them in ASAP.last_img read more

Donegal’s first Cruinniú na nÓg is a big hit with the kids

first_imgThis year’s Cruinniú na nÓg in Donegal has been hailed a huge success with hundreds of children from across Donegal attending events in sixteen venues. This is the first year of Cruinniú na nÓg a national initiative celebrating creativity among children and young people.Eileen Burgess Cultural Services Manager with Donegal County Council said “we were blessed with the weather and this was particularly lucky for the children and young people attending outdoor events including the sundial mandala workshop at the Regional Cultural Centre and the carnival skills workshop and parade at the Glebe Gallery.” Carndonagh Community Library“16 events took place at 13 locations across the county – at the libraries in Bundoran, Letterkenny, Milford, Buncrana, Carndonagh and Na Rosa, at the County Museum, the Regional Cultural Centre, Cathedral Quarter Letterkenny, the Balor Theatre, the Donegal Railway Museum, an Chrannóg and the Glebe Gallery” said Eileen Burgess.Bundoran Community Library Creative writing and Storytelling workshop.“Children were busy creating new flavours for biscuits and sweets at the Jacobs exhibition event at the Museum while in Milford one curious boy queried the truth in the stories and folklore performed by Joe Brennan. At Central library we had budding new female film directors.  The weather allowed for lots of outdoor activity with sundials and a carnival parade” adds Eileen.“We are already looking forward to next year’s Cruinniú na nÓg (Saturday, June 22nd 2019) and in the meantime there are lots of other creative & cultural events for children and young people coming up such as the Earagail Arts Festival this month, Heritage Week in August and Wainfest in October. Donegal is a creative & cultural county all year around.”Donegal’s first Cruinniú na nÓg is a big hit with the kids was last modified: July 4th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Cruinniú na nÓglast_img read more