Personality Is Revealed During Weekends: Towards Data Minimisation for Smartphone Based Personality Classification

  • Mohammed KhwajaEmail author
  • Aleksandar Matic
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11748)


Previous literature has explored automatic personality modelling using smartphone data for its potential to personalise mobile services. Although passive modelling of personality removes the burden of completing lengthy questionnaires, the fact that such models typically require a few weeks or months of personal data can negatively impact user’s engagement. In this study, we explore the feasibility of reducing the duration of data collection in the context of personality classification. We found that only one or two weekends can suffice for achieving state-of-the-art accuracy between 66% and 71% for classifying the five personality traits. These results provide lessons for practicing “data minimisation” – a key principle of privacy laws.


Personality prediction Smartphone sensing Big five 



This work has been supported by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement no. 722561.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Telefonica AlphaBarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.Imperial CollegeLondonUK

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