Personality Identification Using Online Social Media Networks (available)

Starting Date: June 2018
Duration: 8-10 Weeks
Time commitment: Full Time
Prerequisites: Computer Science Undergraduate Student, Enthusiasm and desire to be a problem solver

Project Description

Personality is a combination of all the attributes—behavioural, temperamental, emotional, and mental—that characterise a unique individual. Ability to identify the personalities of people has always been of great interest to the researchers due to its importance. Owing to the increasing popularity of online social networks there is a possibility of predicting a user’s personality from his or her online social networking profile, which serves as a rich source of textual as well as non-textual content published by users. In the process of creating social networking profiles, users reveal a lot about themselves both in what they share and how they say it. Studies suggest that online social networking websites are, in fact, a relevant and valid means of communicating personality.

In this project, UROP recipient will explore the Machine Learning prediction modelling coupled with behavioural psychology to identify the personality of an OSN user. For the sake of the scope of the project, Twitter users and their activities will be the primary focus of this project.

The respective UROP recipient will be pivotal in shaping the scope of this project and lead the research activities in collaboration with the ISG-SCC team.

Required Technical Skills

ISG-SCC value the enthusiasm and commitment significantly, and considers technical skills as an acquirable skill during the internship. However, basic understanding and knowledge of data mining, machine learning, interest in human psychology and database design will be desirable.

What will you gain during UROP?

During this internship, the objective of the ISG-SCC is to make sure that you develop your independent research and development skills and enhance your skills on a) presenting the project’s progress, b) keeping in line with time management, b) research methods, c) technical writing skills for project outcomes and d) problem identification and solving.

ISG-SCC Track Record

ISG-SCC has successfully run the UROP for the last two years. The success of the previous two years has produced a patent application (under review by patent office) and commercial demo (MVP) under development, and five research papers. Corresponding undergraduate students are named as first authors on the papers and co-inventor on the patent application. Research papers by undergraduate students have won one ‘best student paper award’, featured in a news article on Medium and being pivotal for a World Economic Forum’s project for anti-corruption project. The ethos of ISG-SCC is that undergraduate students have the talent and imagination to sort out unique and innovative solutions. They just need guidance from established researchers, and this is what ISG-SCC will provide during the UROP.