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Preston Burke Personality Statistics

Preston Burke is a character from Grey's Anatomy. This page summarizes crowd sourced ratings of their personality collected from users of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz. People who take the quiz are asked if they would also be willing to volunteer to rate characters that they know. The ratings are made on a 100 point scale between two adjectives and then all averaged together into a composite. Because of the "law of large numbers" (a.k.a. wisdom of the crowds) this profile is very reliable. If you take one persons opinion of what a character is like and compare it to the opinion of another person about what that character is like, they could be very different. But if you compare the opinions of two groups, the difference gets smaller and smaller the larger the groups.

The table shows the average rating the character received for each trait in the survey. Because the questions are bipolar adjective pairs, they are reversible (i.e. a score of 25 on short<--->tall is the same as a score of 75 on tall<--->short). On this page, traits that had an average score below the midpoint have been reversed so they can be listed in order of most to least extreme for that character. The table also shows this character's relative rank on that trait compared to all other characters in the database. The standard deviation of ratings is shown, the basic idea here is that if the standard deviation is higher then that means there is less agreement between raters on that trait (the less agreement, the larger the sample size needed to get a reliable estimate). The number of raters is how many different individuals submitted a rating for that trait with this character; each rater rated only a random subset of traits for each character when they were surveyed.

TraitAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
self-disciplined (not disorganized)92.08611.8576
driven (not unambitious)90.814413.8498
coordinated (not clumsy)90.67113.5547
high IQ (not low IQ)90.614513.9502
workaholic (not slacker)90.510913.5438
studious (not goof-off)90.36815.0172
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)90.32516.3177
narcissistic (not low self esteem)90.25710.132
diligent (not lazy)89.524313.8558
scheduled (not spontaneous)89.54914.1572
tall (not short)89.23812.0555
neat (not messy)89.26717.2431
master (not apprentice)88.811316.5325
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)88.82417.6184
serious (not playful)88.66913.5622
tight (not loose)87.65816.231
masculine (not feminine)87.417115.9566
straight (not queer)87.412721.2301
scientific (not artistic)87.05917.3560
rich (not poor)87.017915.5478
orderly (not chaotic)86.65618.6547
deliberate (not spontaneous)86.57917.3553
scholarly (not crafty)85.72919.3500
reserved (not chatty)85.56614.6562
strict (not lenient)85.49215.9564
bossy (not meek)85.420116.4505
manicured (not scruffy)85.324019.0515
rational (not whimsical)84.86819.4561
valedictorian (not drop out)84.720726.7143
practical (not imaginative)84.47318.4497
dominant (not submissive)83.927920.2554
competent (not incompetent)83.830119.7455
works hard (not plays hard)83.615519.4594
linear (not circular)83.5817.221
genius (not dunce)83.416618.3587
private (not gregarious)83.48117.8498
rigid (not flexible)83.38116.1518
competitive (not cooperative)83.225121.2556
eloquent (not unpolished)83.216320.3458
precise (not vague)83.112322.8386
alpha (not beta)83.025220.5438
intense (not lighthearted)83.023118.629
gendered (not androgynous)82.834023.2265
specialist (not generalist)82.83421.1422
self-assured (not self-conscious)82.414122.3495
🧠 (not 💪)82.321022.1185
intellectual (not physical)82.123119.6623
confident (not insecure)82.122221.9571
methodical (not astonishing)81.97521.0528
🤐 (not 😜)81.75820.3139
direct (not roundabout)81.618921.4522
refined (not rugged)81.514322.2563
confidential (not gossiping)81.522820.3520
dry (not moist)81.34121.230
preppy (not punk rock)81.116619.631
logical (not emotional)81.07421.1556
serious (not bold)81.03221.8541
guarded (not open)80.828220.2511
presidential (not folksy)80.712017.320
arrogant (not humble)80.425122.3551
assertive (not passive)80.333723.0416
traditional (not unorthodox)80.37022.9359
highbrow (not lowbrow)79.910622.1457
active (not slothful)79.842220.8458
prestigious (not disreputable)79.517123.4465
tense (not relaxed)79.433521.5580
pretentious (not unassuming)79.316425.0151
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)79.131423.4179
egalitarian (not racist)79.052520.4113
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)78.817922.7160
healthy (not sickly)78.730522.3510
individualist (not communal)78.718923.9383
perceptive (not unobservant)78.749924.727
stoic (not expressive)78.68024.1570
punchable (not loveable)78.612328.429
sturdy (not flimsy)78.429321.224
hard (not soft)78.321320.0414
resourceful (not helpless)78.352022.6411
bookish (not sporty)78.233323.0475
hard (not soft)78.221721.3533
concrete (not abstract)78.010224.5174
💔 (not 💝)77.910423.9205
decisive (not hesitant)77.835124.1525
🧐 (not 😎)77.79524.2159
captain (not first-mate)77.625827.1505
pro (not noob)77.644029.2145
civilized (not barbaric)77.535424.6513
formal (not intimate)77.414524.4243
🐴 (not 🦄)77.213327.3160
secretive (not open-book)77.228124.539
worldly (not innocent)77.134818.5506
work-first (not family-first)76.824127.8590
literal (not metaphorical)76.710524.7524
rhythmic (not stuttering)76.633121.424
mature (not juvenile)76.426425.0394
high-tech (not low-tech)76.417923.2469
classical (not avant-garde)76.112824.9364
offended (not chill)76.122723.027
bold (not shy)76.069122.2539
cold (not warm)76.019721.1506
factual (not poetic)75.518323.831
mathematical (not literary)75.49426.4536
judgemental (not accepting)75.425522.0365
armoured (not vulnerable)75.329323.3449
basic (not hipster)75.221524.0496
gloomy (not sunny)75.125017.324
🥴 (not 🥳)75.012224.5145
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)74.721028.3543
corporate (not freelance)74.716927.428
independent (not codependent)74.635629.2484
tame (not wild)74.511323.6477
authoritarian (not democratic)74.421625.6522
sheriff (not outlaw)74.422625.2463
minimalist (not pack rat)74.310428.8144
mighty (not puny)74.044023.0495
utilitarian (not decorative)73.926825.1359
reclusive (not social)73.815623.0231
🙃 (not 🥰)73.717526.0213
vain (not demure)73.727225.5526
quiet (not loud)73.618523.9624
realist (not idealist)73.616427.5397
humorless (not funny)73.512121.8520
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)73.414924.9458
official (not backdoor)73.413626.4494
repetitive (not varied)73.314225.6292
chortling (not giggling)73.123620.116
close-minded (not open-minded)72.915622.3485
mad (not glad)72.629022.5157
conventional (not creative)72.516626.2529
miserable (not joyful)72.529521.3156
monochrome (not multicolored)72.017627.9368
cautious (not impulsive)71.721926.9560
🎩 (not 🧢)71.537430.2171
wise (not foolish)71.130925.6568
neurotypical (not autistic)71.052728.1478
emancipated (not enslaved)71.039225.7423
sorrowful (not cheery)70.733619.1560
calm (not anxious)70.715626.9525
quarrelsome (not warm)70.638023.9500
fast (not slow)70.548025.1494
selfish (not altruistic)70.429425.4523
no-nonsense (not dramatic)70.222330.8321
reasoned (not instinctual)70.015429.4541
🤑 (not 🤠)70.025928.8145
bitter (not sweet)69.931422.0473
🤖 (not 👻)69.818030.8129
sensible (not ludicrous)69.837028.8531
political (not nonpolitical)69.731927.0472
alert (not oblivious)69.650729.1153
hoarder (not unprepared)69.524720.4438
ranged (not melee)69.513927.411
proper (not scandalous)69.231329.4494
obedient (not rebellious)68.819728.6469
urban (not rural)68.852627.9216
nerd (not jock)68.748429.1527
well behaved (not mischievous)68.524828.4554
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)68.428429.1358
down2earth (not head@clouds)68.335231.8556
complicated (not simple)68.151530.0458
sober (not indulgent)68.022528.1489
go-getter (not slugabed)67.978230.7127
macho (not metrosexual)67.922332.222
😭 (not 😀)67.524025.4168
geriatric (not vibrant)67.49321.426
human (not animalistic)67.464427.4481
🧕 (not 💃)67.310727.3242
🧗 (not 🛌)67.347832.9216
introspective (not not introspective)67.242231.0203
hunter (not gatherer)66.945529.327
tactful (not indiscreet)66.843829.2127
suspicious (not awkward)66.555325.3527
introvert (not extrovert)66.322527.9522
objective (not subjective)66.314728.8340
conservative (not liberal)66.320830.0188
persistent (not quitter)66.3108933.0173
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)66.323431.3228
politically correct (not edgy)66.223228.9480
😬 (not 😏)66.220031.2146
regular (not zany)66.016130.4131
devout (not heathen)65.935226.6486
tailor (not blacksmith)65.952133.921
subdued (not exuberant)65.817732.226
morning lark (not night owl)65.720632.3354
straightforward (not cryptic)65.555031.5498
tasteful (not lewd)65.353329.5535
sad (not happy)65.249220.9445
claustrophobic (not spelunker)65.213427.416
resolute (not wavering)65.159431.8127
technophile (not luddite)65.128326.6395
skeptical (not spiritual)64.768732.3528
trash (not treasure)64.714530.7158
frenzied (not sleepy)64.777527.928
consistent (not variable)64.645336.430
focused on the future (not focused on the present)64.620829.3491
thick-skinned (not sensitive)64.541028.3463
builder (not explorer)64.432427.8479
libertarian (not socialist)64.326228.3408
angry (not good-humored)64.331622.2486
🙅‍♂️ (not 🙋‍♂️)64.326332.5151
charming (not awkward)64.257628.5542
obsessed (not aloof)64.149530.2500
extraordinary (not mundane)64.166830.6557
vanilla (not kinky)63.837529.1502
sane (not crazy)63.636130.2134
mysterious (not unambiguous)63.435829.9523
normal (not weird)63.327428.0567
shy (not playful)63.114723.3490
🦇 (not 🐿)63.133931.8148
statist (not anarchist)63.039228.7220
triggered (not trolling)63.054032.921
purple (not orange)62.831029.6370
stylish (not slovenly)62.860930.0474
charming (not trusting)62.844326.2538
privileged (not oppressed)62.867729.425
legit (not scrub)62.779131.9216
fortunate (not unlucky)62.632127.4508
knowledgeable (not ignorant)62.473330.934
👟 (not 🥾)62.340835.6146
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')62.27934.6376
😈 (not 😇)61.844229.4162
suspicious (not trusting)61.755326.7507
hypocritical (not equitable)61.735528.8401
salacious (not wholesome)61.739828.0146
modest (not flamboyant)61.651133.9584
traumatized (not flourishing)61.660429.630
sage (not whippersnapper)61.534130.718
old (not young)61.337619.4560
🏌 (not 🤺)61.313834.3149
🤔 (not 🤫)61.148633.7171
vegan (not cannibal)60.945633.423
biased (not impartial)60.775428.1496
pessimistic (not optimistic)60.744626.6448
insulting (not complimentary)60.643126.2386
slow-talking (not fast-talking)60.624433.027
uncreative (not open to new experinces)60.520628.6525
smooth (not rough)60.543929.9513
dorky (not cool)60.341430.3147
💩 (not 🌟)60.321132.9163
English (not German)60.397132.319
fresh (not stinky)60.274334.4228
🐩 (not 🐒)60.148835.5141
transient (not permanent)59.926830.9281
mild (not spicy)59.831528.8457
charismatic (not uninspiring)59.791530.9474
poisonous (not nurturing)59.737427.0283
patriotic (not unpatriotic)59.578130.5140
careful (not brave)59.426830.7552
hurried (not leisurely)59.452629.2536
jealous (not compersive)59.347128.1458
self-improving (not self-destructive)59.340230.232
empirical (not theoretical)59.047633.1501
believable (not poorly-written)58.8109227.726
cosmopolitan (not provincial)58.748731.7454
resistant (not resigned)58.690130.3489
extreme (not moderate)58.672330.8424
reasonable (not deranged)58.362130.6153
thin (not thick)58.162927.7392
sexist (not feminist)57.932926.9202
😊 (not 🤣)57.966527.9122
penny-pincher (not overspender)57.858729.4216
attractive (not repulsive)57.589329.4604
🦒 (not 🐐)57.219534.9206
remote (not involved)57.115230.3476
historical (not modern)56.945230.7355
enlightened (not lost)56.945126.526
debased (not pure)56.651727.2429
French (not Russian)56.666530.314
beautiful (not ugly)56.397429.3392
Roman (not Greek)56.346536.320
impatient (not patient)56.172831.4275
vengeful (not forgiving)55.958327.6488
moody (not stable)55.979432.0558
tiresome (not interesting)55.923230.2504
bright (not depressed)55.857027.2481
existentialist (not nihilist)55.772129.6269
lavish (not frugal)55.650430.5480
hedonist (not monastic)55.463127.6106
pain-avoidant (not masochistic)55.250030.933
demonic (not angelic)55.147924.8492
sheltered (not street-smart)55.140430.0445
industrial (not domestic)55.059731.9364
arcane (not mainstream)54.965529.7439
child free (not pronatalist)54.980933.6449
🐷 (not 🐮)54.935834.9228
🤡 (not 👽)54.846734.7154
traitorous (not loyal)54.726330.2541
📉 (not 📈)54.727534.0157
ferocious (not pacifist)54.375730.2521
feisty (not gracious)54.289928.5466
shallow (not deep)54.239232.8173
🐀 (not 🐘)53.954734.8220
cruel (not kind)53.833425.3504
inspiring (not cringeworthy)53.874030.1402
overprepared (not efficient)53.820138.531
tattle-tale (not f***-the-police)53.844832.826
irrelevant (not important)53.616133.9254
apathetic (not curious)53.324930.3526
honorable (not cunning)53.171431.0580
philosophical (not real)52.931832.0385
reliable (not experimental)52.969235.229
sheeple (not conspiracist)52.432428.7351
disarming (not creepy)52.394428.8282
western (not eastern)52.196533.3188
dispassionate (not romantic)52.036130.535
genuine (not sarcastic)51.865929.2517
lustful (not chaste)51.673927.8508
atheist (not theist)51.478734.4366
average (not deviant)51.147129.5380
villainous (not heroic)50.135527.0539
off-key (not musical)50.973734.922
unfixable (not fixable)50.150532.528
respectful (not rude)50.778929.6518
Swedish (not Italian)50.361829.416
outsider (not insider)50.671231.3427
soulful (not soulless)50.499430.3363

Similar characters

The similarity between two characters can be calculated by taking the correlation between the lists of their traits. This produces a value from +1 to -1. With +1 implying that every trait one character is high on the other one is high on too, to an equal degree. And, -1 implying that if a character is high on specific trait, the other one is low on it. The 10 most and least similar characters to Preston Burke based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. Dr. Marcus Andrews (0.909)
  2. Thomas Matthews (0.864)
  3. Mycroft Holmes (0.864)
  4. Theresa Cullen (0.861)
  5. Dr. Eric Foreman (0.861)
  1. Jason Mendoza (-0.712)
  2. Pumbaa (-0.705)
  3. Kevin Malone (-0.701)
  4. Gene Belcher (-0.689)
  5. Ed (-0.657)

Personality types

Personality types according to various systems can be derived from the character's traits. Profiles for a personality type were computed by averaging together all responses from people who took the test and reported a given personality type and then this composite was matched to each of those profiles as if it was its own character (as was done above). Listed closest to worst match.

  1. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.53)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = 0.47)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = 0.43)
  4. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.41)
  5. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.4)
  6. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = 0.38)
  7. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.37)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = 0.34)
  9. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.34)
  10. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.27)
  11. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.26)
  12. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.25)
  13. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.24)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.2)
  15. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = 0.2)
  16. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.12)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = 0.08)
  18. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = 0.07)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = 0.04)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = -0.02)
  21. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = -0.03)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = -0.05)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.08)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = -0.1)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = -0.15)


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