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Calvin and Hobbes

The dataset of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz includes characters from the fictional universe of Calvin and Hobbes.


The dataset has 5 characters from this universe. They are ordered in the list below by their notability (see Note 1).

Notability Name
72.0Calvin's mom
61.9Susie Derkins
54.5Calvin's dad

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 Calvin and Hobbes?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 14
2 It's bad 6
3 It's okay 395
4 It's good 1947
5 It's my favorite 767

This gives it an average score of 4.1 / 5. Making it 54th 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 4.22
Female 4.03

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
masculine (not feminine)0.10853511
arcane (not mainstream)0.09083435
genius (not dunce)0.08643489
nurturing (not poisonous)0.08473430
disarming (not creepy)0.07683444
nerd (not jock)0.07593434
reasonable (not deranged)0.07393448
deep (not shallow)0.06943442
genuine (not sarcastic)0.06922371
slovenly (not stylish)0.06363426
tame (not wild)0.06142383
frugal (not lavish)0.05773427
altruistic (not selfish)0.05773433
logical (not emotional)0.0553505
loyal (not traitorous)0.05173510
meek (not bossy)0.0473446
gracious (not feisty)0.04623433
angelic (not demonic)0.03983434
skeptical (not spiritual)0.03883493
intimate (not formal)0.03883435
lenient (not strict)0.0363520
charming (not awkward)0.03343503
sheriff (not outlaw)0.03313430
scientific (not artistic)0.02662450
stinky (not fresh)0.02523438
low-tech (not high-tech)0.02512368
creative (not conventional)0.02373507
mature (not juvenile)0.01932351
obedient (not rebellious)0.01473426
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)0.01013425
reclusive (not social)0.00983431
orderly (not chaotic)0.00923504
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.00663424
alpha (not beta)0.00643427
blissful (not haunted)0.00472368
sober (not indulgent)0.00083427

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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