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Boston Legal

The dataset of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz includes characters from the fictional universe of Boston Legal.


The dataset has 3 characters from this universe. They are ordered in the list below by their notability (see Note 1).

Notability Name
82.9Shirley Schmidt
79.6Alan Shore
73.3Denny Crane

To see how each character was rated by users, view their individual page.


The graph below shows what percent of people selected this universe as something they knew well enough to rate characters from by the age of the user (for users between 13 and 60 years of age).


As part of the survey where they rated characters, users were also asked the question "How do you rate Boston Legal?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 27
2 It's bad 12
3 It's okay 155
4 It's good 549
5 It's my favorite 109

This gives it an average score of 3.82 / 5. Making it 234th out of the 342 universes in the dataset ordered by rating.

The average rating may be hard to generalize though, the users of one online personality quiz could not be representative of the population in important ways. And there are some very obvious things you can point to: users of this quiz are more likely to be young and more likely to be women.

There are several different ways that average ratings can be broken down. Here are average scores by gender:

Gender Average rating
Male 3.96
Female 3.72

The responses to the personality quiz can also be cross referenced with the universe ratings to see how personality affects it. The table below show the correlation between a user's response to a specific self report item and their rating of this universe.

Item Correlation with rating n
nerd (not jock)0.2264843
mature (not juvenile)0.1988266
disarming (not creepy)0.1937846
deep (not shallow)0.1563867
angelic (not demonic)0.1521839
indulgent (not sober)0.1397841
masculine (not feminine)0.1299879
loyal (not traitorous)0.1106881
nurturing (not poisonous)0.1042836
reasonable (not deranged)0.1039842
intimate (not formal)0.1021866
lenient (not strict)0.1013855
genuine (not sarcastic)0.1003326
altruistic (not selfish)0.098837
arcane (not mainstream)0.0951842
genius (not dunce)0.083848
scientific (not artistic)0.0649338
slovenly (not stylish)0.0614865
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.0602839
orderly (not chaotic)0.06849
sheriff (not outlaw)0.0542840
tame (not wild)0.0513301
reclusive (not social)0.0502839
logical (not emotional)0.0449876
skeptical (not spiritual)0.0383877
high-tech (not low-tech)0.0256331
haunted (not blissful)0.0256301
fresh (not stinky)0.0244841
obedient (not rebellious)0.0218863
alpha (not beta)0.0203843
charming (not awkward)0.0158876
meek (not bossy)0.0136838
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)0.0129841
gracious (not feisty)0.0055840
lavish (not frugal)0.0046842
conventional (not creative)0.0035878

How these items predict the ratings for this universe can be compared to how the same items predict the ratings of other universes. The universes with the most similar patterns on the predictors are:


  1. Notability is computed as the average of 204: important (not irrelevant) and 401: main character (not side character).
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