This post investigates the sources of variance in men’s estimations of women’s attractiveness ratings on OKCupid, as reported in the following post.
The OKCupid Blog: The Mathematics of Beauty (January 10, 2011)
This particular data report from OKCupid is, like all the others, very engrossing. A man could spend all day browsing the Dataclysm posts with intrigue.
Apparently, there were three sets of data collected on thousands of users.
- Men’s ratings of a woman’s overall attractiveness on a 1-5 scale.
- Men’s personal opinions of whether he finds a particular woman attractive.
- The message count of the women studied as an indicator of interest.
Data crunching came up with the following correlations.
- Most all men had a near agreement, on a 1-5 scale, of the overall attractiveness of all women.
- Concerning the second data set, the women fell into two different categories: (2a) those for which the men’s personal opinions…
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