Are you altruistic? Your mobile phone could tell

Ghassan F. Bati, Vivek K. Singh

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Abstract

Altruism i.e. an act that one does at her own expense that tends to enhance others well-being is a fundamental human behavior with implications for personal and societal welfare. As a result, understanding altruism is an important building block in designing well-functioning socio-Technical systems and attaining the Internet of People vision. Traditional methods for understanding individual's altruistic propensities have been surveys and lab experiments. This paper proposes a new methodology to model altruism based on phoneotypes (mobile phones observations of a combination of people's traits) that ultimately aim to replace traditional methods like surveys with a low-cost, quick, automated method. The data in this paper were gathered from a 10-week field study involving 55 participants. We find that: (1) many phone-based features are potentially related to participant's altruistic propensities; (2) phone-based features and demographics when combined created a prediction model with promising results capable of predicting altruism in a better way than a demography-based model. This study provides an exciting opportunity to advance our knowledge in identifying altruism in numerous settings socially and commercially.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE SmartWorld Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, Advanced and Trusted Computed, Scalable Computing and Communications, Cloud and Big Data Computing, Internet of People and Smart City Innovation, SmartWorld/SCALCOM/UIC/ATC/CBDCom/IOP/SCI 2017 - Conference Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538604342
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 26 2018
Event2017 IEEE SmartWorld Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, Advanced and Trusted Computed, Scalable Computing and Communications, Cloud and Big Data Computing, Internet of People and Smart City Innovation, SmartWorld/SCALCOM/UIC/ATC/CBDCom/IOP/SCI 2017 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Apr 4 2017Apr 8 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE SmartWorld Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, Advanced and Trusted Computed, Scalable Computing and Communications, Cloud and Big Data Computing, Internet of People and Smart City Innovation, SmartWorld/SCALCOM/UIC/ATC/CBDCom/IOP/SCI 2017 - Conference Proceedings

Other

Other2017 IEEE SmartWorld Ubiquitous Intelligence and Computing, Advanced and Trusted Computed, Scalable Computing and Communications, Cloud and Big Data Computing, Internet of People and Smart City Innovation, SmartWorld/SCALCOM/UIC/ATC/CBDCom/IOP/SCI 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco
Period4/4/174/8/17

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Urban Studies

Keywords

  • Altruism
  • Behavioral Sensing
  • Mobile Sensing
  • Mobile Supported Altruism
  • Phoneotype

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