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Back to the Future

The dataset of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz includes characters from the fictional universe of Back to the Future.


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

Notability Name
88.0Doc Brown
83.1Marty McFly
45.4Jennifer Parker

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 Back to the Future?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 1
2 It's bad 13
3 It's okay 495
4 It's good 2542
5 It's my favorite 587

This gives it an average score of 4.02 / 5. Making it 153rd 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
loyal (not traitorous)0.0943568
angelic (not demonic)0.0723427
tame (not wild)0.0552572
sober (not indulgent)0.0513397
beta (not alpha)0.0513344
sheriff (not outlaw)0.0493390
gracious (not feisty)0.0493423
disarming (not creepy)0.0473343
meek (not bossy)0.0433478
nerd (not jock)0.0423477
reasonable (not deranged)0.0423490
orderly (not chaotic)0.0373522
altruistic (not selfish)0.0343442
nurturing (not poisonous)0.0343398
creative (not conventional)0.033600
intimate (not formal)0.0263463
charming (not awkward)0.0263602
fresh (not stinky)0.0253449
reclusive (not social)0.0233477
lenient (not strict)0.0223516
mainstream (not arcane)0.023324
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)0.0193087
blissful (not haunted)0.0172446
lavish (not frugal)0.0173254
stylish (not slovenly)0.0173505
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)0.0163463
high-tech (not low-tech)0.0152527
emotional (not logical)0.0133577
masculine (not feminine)0.013596
genuine (not sarcastic)0.0092603
obedient (not rebellious)0.0083515
shallow (not deep)0.0073500
juvenile (not mature)0.0042485
genius (not dunce)0.0033504
artistic (not scientific)0.0032675
skeptical (not spiritual)0.03557


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