User Modeling and Profiling

Background
Author profiling is used to determine the various attributed of an author like gender, age, native language, personality type, etc. Author profiling is a problem of growing importance in a variety of areas, including forensics, security and marketing. For instance, from a forensic linguistics perspective, being able to determine the linguistic profile of the author of a suspicious text solely by analyzing the text could be extremely valuable for evaluating suspects. Similarly, from a marketing viewpoint, companies may be interested in knowing, on the basis of the analysis of blogs and online product reviews, what types of people like or dislike their products.

Research Areas
Currently, we are working in the following problems:

Predicting age and gender of authors using style of writing
Predicting age and gender of authors using Wikipedia inlinks