An exploratory study of financial behaviour using handwriting analysis for the personality trait of Extraversion

Published: 23 March 2022| Version 3 | DOI: 10.17632/hf3325rzrt.3
Sheetal Thomas


The primary data was collected using a questionnaire tool developed in the English language. It was administered to 900 participants based on convenience sampling with 44% success rate, i.e 402 respondents filled the questionnaire and provided the needed information. The handwriting features used for analysis were extracted from the questionnaire using the sample text “The London Letter” originally designed by Osborn in 1929 (Harralson & Miller, 2018) as a predetermined text (Gavrilescu & Vizireanu, 2018) This paragraph has been used to collect handwriting samples in order to extract handwriting features for published studies. The behavioral statements were included to gather data that could be used for classification according to the Big Five Personality Traits Model. The questionnaire is based on the big five personality traits, and uses related facets along with correlated adjectives from John & Srivastava’s well cited work (John & Srivastava, 1999).


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Two behavioral statements map with one adjective correlate. Thus twelve behavioral statements are used to get data on personality traits of extraversion the corresponding adjectives that relate to six facets of this trait. The personality traits are measured in Likert Score of 1 to 5, 5 being strongly agree to 1 being strongly disagree. The handwriting features for each personality trait facet was identified from the literature. Binary measurement was used to code these features as: • Feature not found in handwriting sample – No (0) • Feature is found in handwriting sample – Yes (1)


Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani - K K Birla Goa Campus


Behavioral Finance, Personality, Handwriting