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August 31st, 2011


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03:21 pm - OK Computer graphics
I heard that the guys who set up OK Cupid did so to gather mass data on preferences and personality so they could do interesting statistical analyses. They certainly make use of the data in creative ways now they've got it.

Here are 10 charts which present OK Cupid data in interesting visual ways.

Chart 7 is more interesting than it at first appears: you have to move the slider at the bottom to see how confidence and sex-drive change with age. Also see chart 2 - men who like it rough show above-average use of the words atheist, poetry and cynical. Who knew.

Which reminds me. I read one of these OK Cupid things a while back, about the interests which were most 'gendered'. For example, virtually all the people who said they liked crochet were women. One of the most male-skewed likes was Breaking Bad, of all things. I can't believe it.

ETA this web page seems to present the data I'm talking about in visual terms, and there's breaking bad on the men's list, though I don't see 'crochet' in the women's list.

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From:several_bees
Date:August 31st, 2011 03:15 pm (UTC)
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The OKCupid statistics are great, and run all the way through the site, not just the blog. I made an account a few weeks ago, and now it enthusiastically tells me what personality traits I have more or less of than average (compared to other bisexual women my age). It's fascinating in that oh-Internet-tell-me-about-ME kind of way, and confirms my biases about myself so I'm inclined to trust it, even if it is gathered via some quite daft answer-hundreds-of-questions mechanics.

When you sign up as a woman, it also tells you: hey, statistically we know that women mostly don't send messages, but we've done a pile of analysis and you will talk to more people and probably end up with higher-rated partners if you do. Apparently even despite this advice, women mostly don't send messages.
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From:communicator
Date:August 31st, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
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It seems a waste to sign up and not send messages. I am really interested in these sorts of correlations.
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From:several_bees
Date:August 31st, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
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I think women often do receive quite a few messages - most of the messages may be generic, from people who may not even have read their profiles, but the fact that regular contact is made perhaps makes them feel that there's no need to actively hunt out someone they like and send them a message. Especially since making contact means risking rejection... It's understandable, but clearly not very efficient.
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From:watervole
Date:September 1st, 2011 06:23 am (UTC)
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Very interesting chart. Thanks for linking.
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From:archbishopm
Date:September 2nd, 2011 06:15 am (UTC)
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One of the most male-skewed likes was Breaking Bad, of all things.

LOL, really? Well I suppose that would explain by which I certainly do not mean excuse the loud and weirdly universal Skyler-hate.

BUT SERIOUSLY DUDE WAS THAT LAST EPISODE AWESOME OR MERELY LEGENDARY? Only time will tell.
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From:communicator
Date:September 2nd, 2011 06:59 am (UTC)
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It was fantastic. I think this season the program is confronting the Skyler-hatred head on, and trying to work it through. She's talking back directly at fans 'I have to be the bitch mother, because you won't take responsibility, so thanks for that'. Though in a way I want to be able to idolise Walt, as a stone bad-ass, and this season will not let me.

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