Sports Personality - how the night unfolded

BBC News

The star-studded night culminated with Sir Mo Farah being named BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017, but there were plenty of other talking points throughout the show in Liverpool's Echo Arena. Here's how the night unfolded on social media. Let's start with the big news of the night... And then came the congratulations... The star of the night took to Instagram to express his gratitude (and shock, no doubt)...


Patterns in the date of birth of movie personalities

@machinelearnbot

During a random talk with a friend of mine, I was told an observation that most of the well-known Hollywood personalities are born between the month of April and July. This made me curious and did a random search for few actors, and it seemed like most of them were born between those months but couldn't say it for sure so went ahead and wrote a script to fetch the date of birth data for the top 5,000 ranked male and female movie personalities in IMDB which is a total of 10,000 movie personalities. After getting the data, plotted a simple bar plot to see how many of them are born in each month. Okay, so the observation doesn't hold good as it is pretty much evenly distributed. Let's see the same for Top 500 ranked actors.


Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans

#artificialintelligence

Judging others' personalities is an essential skill in successful social living, as personality is a key driver behind people's interactions, behaviors, and emotions. Although accurate personality judgments stem from social-cognitive skills, developments in machine learning show that computer models can also make valid judgments. This study compares the accuracy of human and computer-based personality judgments, using a sample of 86,220 volunteers who completed a 100-item personality questionnaire. We show that (i) computer predictions based on a generic digital footprint (Facebook Likes) are more accurate (r 0.56) than those made by the participants' Facebook friends using a personality questionnaire (r 0.49); (ii) computer models show higher interjudge agreement; and (iii) computer personality judgments have higher external validity when predicting life outcomes such as substance use, political attitudes, and physical health; for some outcomes, they even outperform the self-rated personality scores. Computers outpacing humans in personality judgment presents significant opportunities and challenges in the areas of psychological assessment, marketing, and privacy.


Computer-based personality judgments are more accurate than those made by humans

#artificialintelligence

Judging others' personalities is an essential skill in successful social living, as personality is a key driver behind people's interactions, behaviors, and emotions. Although accurate personality judgments stem from social-cognitive skills, developments in machine learning show that computer models can also make valid judgments. This study compares the accuracy of human and computer-based personality judgments, using a sample of 86,220 volunteers who completed a 100-item personality questionnaire. We show that (i) computer predictions based on a generic digital footprint (Facebook Likes) are more accurate (r 0.56) than those made by the participants' Facebook friends using a personality questionnaire (r 0.49); (ii) computer models show higher interjudge agreement; and (iii) computer personality judgments have higher external validity when predicting life outcomes such as substance use, political attitudes, and physical health; for some outcomes, they even outperform the self-rated personality scores. Computers outpacing humans in personality judgment presents significant opportunities and challenges in the areas of psychological assessment, marketing, and privacy.


Everyone will soon have to use the Google Calendar redesign

Engadget

If you've been avoiding the visual refresh Google recently gave to the web version of Calendar, your time is almost at an end. Starting January 8th, users of G Suite and Google Domains will be automatically switched to the new design. Anyone who opted out manually won't be forced to use the new Calendar until February 5th, but all users will get the upgrade on February 28th.