Now who’s surprised by this?

Our emails are a dead giveaway. The words we use in the messages we send can reveal not just our gender but also our emotions and maybe even our personality traits.

Saif Mohammad and colleagues from the National Research Council Canada, used sentiment analysis to uncover the feelings buried inside email. “It’s an efficient way of generating data about the emotional content of huge amounts of text,” says Mohammad. “There’s been a lot of research based on positive and negative emotion, but with all this data available it makes sense to understand what we can learn from all the emotions.”

I’ll save you the trouble of reading mine:

[O]n a few occasions, I’ve emailed Charles to ask his professional opinions on computer stuff, and once to say “Happy Easter”, and never have I received anything even closely resembling a personal reply; his reply emails have, for all the world, a perfunctory and completely hygienic outline to them, copying my questions or comments, adding his answers, then with a frosty CGH closing, he’s gone.

If it’s any consolation, I’m much nastier on the phone.

(Via Fark.)


  1. Tatyana »

    2 October 2013 · 7:20 am

    Ah, those were the times – energetic, emotional, transparent (see, f.i. how a certain snake behaved in appropriately serpentine manner in the comments)!

    Re: the topic of text recognition by key identifiers- remember my post (that gave me much grief) which I wrote a century ago in response to yours?

  2. CGHill »

    2 October 2013 · 7:45 am

    Oh, yes. That was a thread for the ages.

  3. McGehee »

    2 October 2013 · 7:59 am

    Terseness is the soul of grit.

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