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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.


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 1
2 It's bad 4
3 It's okay 68
4 It's good 448
5 It's my favorite 96

This gives it an average score of 4.03 / 5. Making it 145th 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 general in important ways. And there are some very obvious things you can point to: users of the quiz are biased towards being women and being younger. To kind of explore this idea, we can correlate user ratings with responses to the self-report personality quiz to see what type of people give this universe higher ratings. The table below show the correlation between a users response to a specific self report item and their rating of this universe.

Item Correlation with rating n
deep (not shallow)0.142601
mature (not juvenile)0.133113
genuine (not sarcastic)0.13166
nerd (not jock)0.127577
disarming (not creepy)0.123567
charming (not awkward)0.121610
reasonable (not deranged)0.114576
lavish (not frugal)0.112575
arcane (not mainstream)0.088575
loyal (not traitorous)0.084610
intimate (not formal)0.083600
altruistic (not selfish)0.078571
social (not reclusive)0.074578
indulgent (not sober)0.073575
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)0.07575
genius (not dunce)0.065585
lenient (not strict)0.063585
angelic (not demonic)0.061572
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.06568
orderly (not chaotic)0.059584
alpha (not beta)0.054568
stylish (not slovenly)0.046599
bossy (not meek)0.045577
masculine (not feminine)0.039610
creative (not conventional)0.038607
haunted (not blissful)0.034139
rebellious (not obedient)0.033596
fresh (not stinky)0.029576
logical (not emotional)0.026610
sheriff (not outlaw)0.023576
tame (not wild)0.02143
nurturing (not poisonous)0.019573
skeptical (not spiritual)0.016609
low-tech (not high-tech)0.009165
gracious (not feisty)0.004571
artistic (not scientific)0.001175


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