Big Five Personality Recognition from Multiple Text Genres

  • Vitor Garcia dos Santos
  • Ivandré ParaboniEmail author
  • Barbara Barbosa Claudino Silva
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10415)


This paper investigates which Big Five personality traits are best predicted by different text genres, and how much text is actually needed for the task. To this end, we compare the use of ‘free’ Facebook text with controlled text elicited from visual stimuli in descriptive and referential tasks. Preliminary results suggest that certain text genres may be more revealing of personality traits than others, and that some traits are recognisable even from short pieces of text. These insights may aid the future design of more accurate models of personality based on highly focused tasks for both language production and interpretation.


Big Five Personality recognition 



This work has been supported by FAPESP grant 2016/14223-0.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vitor Garcia dos Santos
    • 1
  • Ivandré Paraboni
    • 1
    Email author
  • Barbara Barbosa Claudino Silva
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Arts, Sciences and HumanitiesUniversity of São PauloSão PauloBrazil

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