By Sterling Morris
USA Today recently reported on a Facebook study performed by University of Cambridge researchers on traits that can be identified based simply off pages, topics, organizations, and other entities a Facebook user likes. Posts from friends liked by the Facebook users were also evaluated. The researchers sampled 58,000 U.S. Facebook users’ ‘likes’ and were able to accurately determine race, age, IQ, sexuality, personality, and political views.
Here are a few interesting excerpts from the post:
“You ‘Like’ something. You leave a comment on somebody’s wall. They are now recorded in a way that machines can calibrate and measure them with great accuracy. Together, they add up to substantially more information from which you can make quite reasonably accurate predictions.”
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