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Lord of the Rings Characters, Jackson vs. Tolkien: A Personality Analysis

IBM's artificially intelligent Watson computer has been used to do everything from playing Jeopardy to studying brain cancer. The computer's latest pop cultural study was initiated by IBM research staff member Vinish Misra, who employed the system's User Modeling feature to analyze the personality traits of Lord of the Rings characters. A data set including the dialogue used by characters in the Peter Jackson film versions and J.R.R. Tolkien's books. A portion of the findings is illustrated in the chart above. Personality characteristics highlighted in red indicate increased emphasis of those traits in the films; blue corresponds to those traits elevated in the books. 

See more charts and a full explanation of the analysis in a detailed blog post by Misra here. -Via i09


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