December 4, 2008

Fooling computers

The folks over at Typealyzer claim to be able to analyze the personality types of bloggers by scanning their blog posts.

Typealyzer claims that The Factotum's Rostrum is written by someone who is "especially attuned to people and things around them and often full of energy, talking, joking and engaging in physical out-door activities.… happiest with action-filled work which craves their full attention and focus. …They might have a problem with sitting still or remaining inactive for any period of time."

I'm going to assume that the way-off-baseness of this analysis is due to the small amount of material the scanner had to work with, rather than the ability of the blogger to disguise her true personality through her writing skills. The one whose only "physical out-door activity" is walking from the parking lot to the office. The one whose most "action-filled work" is walking down the hall to the business manager's office for more chocolate. As for sitting still … they may have a point. Sitting still isn't really sitting still if you're knitting, is it? Knitting is an activity.

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