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What your Facebook Profile Picture Reveals about your Personality

Segalin, Cristina and Celli, Fabio and Polonio, Luca and Kosinski, Michal and Stillwell, David and Sebe, Nicu and Cristani, Marco and Lepri, Bruno (2017) What your Facebook Profile Picture Reveals about your Personality. In: Proceedings of the 2017 ACM on Multimedia Conference - MM '17. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) , New York, NY, pp. 460-468. ISBN 978-1-4503-4906-2.

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People spend considerable effort managing the impressions they give others. Social psychologists have shown that people manage these impressions differently depending upon their personality. Facebook and other social media provide a new forum for this fundamental process; hence, understanding people's behaviour on social media could provide interesting insights on their personality. In this paper we investigate automatic personality recognition from Facebook profile pictures. We analyze the effectiveness of four families of visual features and we discuss some human interpretable patterns that explain the personality traits of the individuals. For example, extroverts and agreeable individuals tend to have warm colored pictures and to exhibit many faces in their portraits, mirroring their inclination to socialize; while neurotic ones have a prevalence of pictures of indoor places. Then, we propose a classification approach to automatically recognize personality traits from these visual features. Finally, we compare the performance of our classification approach to the one obtained by human raters and we show that computer-based classifications are significantly more accurate than averaged human-based classifications for Extraversion and Neuroticism.

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Additional Information:© 2017 ACM. The work of Fabio Celli and Bruno Lepri was partly supported by the EIT High Impact Initiative Street Smart Retail (HII SSR).
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Subject Keywords:Personality computing; Facebook profile picture; visual features
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Deposited On:10 Apr 2018 14:52
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