Joni Salminen

Dr. Joni Salminen works as a Scientist at Qatar Computing Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Turku School of Economics, University of Turku. His research interests are heavily focused on personas, including topics such as automatic persona generation from social media data (YouTube, Facebook, Google Analytics), persona perceptions, biases in data-driven personas, optimal number of personas, etc.

AI can generate code to generate personas!

Among team members, we (like much of the global research community) have followed the progress of AI-based language generator tools, such as Open AI’s GPT-3. Previously, we published a post with AI-generated content. In this post, we will briefly explore GPT-3’s ability to generate code for persona generation. This is a challenging task, because it …

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Ideas for Persona Research Using Quantitative User Analytics

What Are Personas and Why Should We Care? Personas, commonly applied in human-computer interaction (HCI) (Cooper, 1999), design (Aoyama, 2007), and business domains such as marketing and sales (Salminen et al., 2018), are fictional depictions of end-users, patients, customers, or other groups of interest (Cooper, 1999). Personas are cited to have many benefits, at least …

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Personas in the Era of Privacy-Protected User Analytics

An important observation: the value of personas in Web analytics is likely to increase with the current changes in digital privacy. This is because the platforms need to move into more non-personified systems and methods. Personas are exactly about this: making individual customer data aggregated. In fact, Google planned a system (that they already sort …

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Any dataset can be a persona

“Any dataset can be a persona.” It’s quite a fascinating idea that any dataset about users or customers could be transformed into a set of personas. Of course, this means that persona creators need to possess a wide range of analytical skills because datasets in the wild contain different fields/variables/degree of structure. So, persona creation …

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Why Personas Could Be Less Useful than the Process of Creating Them

TL;DR: A big challenge for data-driven personas is that their users rarely participate in their creation. This evokes the question of how to develop techniques that enable participatory design of data-driven personas. There is a line of thought within persona research that argues something like this: personas are less useful than their creation process. The …

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