The maker of a popular Android smart phone predictive text app is focusing its AI on analyzing how closely tweets resemble either U.S. Presidential candidate. You may communicate more like the candidate that you don’t favor (assuming you like either)!
SwiftKey learns how you type in the context of words being used together. So, it may accurately predicate what you are going to type before you actually type it. The developers behind it applied that intelligence to over 150,000 words from speeches made by President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.
The result is SwiftKey’s Prez-o-meter, a Web service that will compare tweets to either candidate. It’s just for fun, but has turned up some interesting results. Media firebrand Glenn Beck is 81 percent like the President, and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s writing leans toward Mitt Romney. My tweets are 66 percent like the President.
Other examples include:
● Bill Gates (@Billgates) - Microsoft founder and philanthropist sways 67 percent toward Obama
● Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) - True to form, Trump is 61 percent Romney
● Arianna Huffington (@ariannahuff) - Surprisingly the liberal editor-in-chief of Huffington Post is 54 percent closer to Romney.
● Charlie Sheen (@charliesheen) - The President may be relieved that the #winning star of Anger Management sways 73 percent towards him.
● Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) - The global media mogul, owner of Fox News and The Wall Street Journal swings 51 percent towards Obama.
● Jack Dorsey (@jack) - The founder of Twitter is 75 percent Obama.
This is of course just for fun, but your word choice does say something about your identity and character. Scientific American interviewed social psychologist James W. Pennebaker of the University of Texas at Austin about word choice last year, and went into some detail about it. Read more about that here.
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