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Firefly + Serenity

The dataset of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz includes characters from the fictional universe of Firefly + Serenity.


The dataset has 10 characters from this universe. They are ordered in the list below by their notability (see Note 1).

Notability Name
90.6River Tam
86.5Zoe Washburne
82.8Malcolm Reynolds
81.6Inara Serra
80.5Kaylee Frye
75.8Hoban Washburne
73.7Derrial Book
69.6The Operative
63.6Simon Tam
52.2Jayne Cobb

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 Firefly + Serenity?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 2
2 It's bad 2
3 It's okay 82
4 It's good 1663
5 It's my favorite 823

This gives it an average score of 4.28 / 5. Making it 16th 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
nerd (not jock)0.1052314
loyal (not traitorous)0.0732551
genius (not dunce)0.0682361
nurturing (not poisonous)0.0642302
deep (not shallow)0.062497
altruistic (not selfish)0.0572309
arcane (not mainstream)0.0552288
scientific (not artistic)0.0531087
feminine (not masculine)0.0492544
reclusive (not social)0.0462310
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)0.0392313
intimate (not formal)0.0342482
genuine (not sarcastic)0.0311035
sober (not indulgent)0.032297
awkward (not charming)0.0292549
disarming (not creepy)0.0282271
angelic (not demonic)0.0262274
blue-collar (not ivory-tower)0.0222267
sheriff (not outlaw)0.0192303
reasonable (not deranged)0.0182309
slovenly (not stylish)0.0182484
mature (not juvenile)0.017840
rebellious (not obedient)0.0162499
logical (not emotional)0.0152549
creative (not conventional)0.0152547
high-tech (not low-tech)0.0141034
skeptical (not spiritual)0.0132542
fresh (not stinky)0.0122293
meek (not bossy)0.0112309
orderly (not chaotic)0.0082365
lenient (not strict)0.0082359
tame (not wild)0.006851
haunted (not blissful)0.005840
beta (not alpha)0.0052263
gracious (not feisty)0.02296
lavish (not frugal)0.02298


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