Automatically Classifying Self-Rated Personality Scores from Speech

Guozhen An, Sarah Ita Levitan, Rivka Levitan, Andrew Rosenberg, Michelle Levine, Julia Hirschberg

Automatic personality recognition is useful for many computational applications, including recommendation systems, dating websites, and adaptive dialogue systems. There have been numerous successful approaches to classify the “Big Five” personality traits from a speaker’s utterance, but these have largely relied on judgments of personality obtained from external raters listening to the utterances in isolation. This work instead classifies personality traits based on self-reported personality tests, which are more valid and more difficult to identify. Our approach, which uses lexical and acoustic-prosodic features, yields predictions that are between 6.4% and 19.2% more accurate than chance. This approach predicts Openness-to-Experience and Neuroticism most successfully, with less accurate recognition of Extroversion. We compare the performance of classification and regression techniques, and also explore predicting personality clusters.

DOI: 10.21437/Interspeech.2016-1328

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An, G., Levitan, S.I., Levitan, R., Rosenberg, A., Levine, M., Hirschberg, J. (2016) Automatically Classifying Self-Rated Personality Scores from Speech. Proc. Interspeech 2016, 1412-1416.

author={Guozhen An and Sarah Ita Levitan and Rivka Levitan and Andrew Rosenberg and Michelle Levine and Julia Hirschberg},
title={Automatically Classifying Self-Rated Personality Scores from Speech},
booktitle={Interspeech 2016},