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How I Met Your Mother

The dataset of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz includes characters from the fictional universe of How I Met Your Mother.


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

Notability Name
76.0Barney Stinson
74.2Robin Scherbatsky
74.1Lily Aldrin
71.0Marshall Eriksen
63.7Ted Mosby

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 How I Met Your Mother?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 10
2 It's bad 70
3 It's okay 958
4 It's good 3439
5 It's my favorite 1359

This gives it an average score of 4.04 / 5. Making it 135th 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
jock (not nerd)0.095538
mainstream (not arcane)0.0655299
fresh (not stinky)0.0645507
sarcastic (not genuine)0.0594323
social (not reclusive)0.0565583
stylish (not slovenly)0.0565599
high-tech (not low-tech)0.0544150
sober (not indulgent)0.0525383
feminine (not masculine)0.055774
alpha (not beta)0.0475363
lavish (not frugal)0.0455154
blissful (not haunted)0.044033
charming (not awkward)0.0385752
wild (not tame)0.0324255
sheriff (not outlaw)0.0315370
spiritual (not skeptical)0.0295674
loyal (not traitorous)0.0275742
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)0.0265561
bossy (not meek)0.0245572
disarming (not creepy)0.0225322
gracious (not feisty)0.0215457
obedient (not rebellious)0.025626
poisonous (not nurturing)0.0195435
emotional (not logical)0.0195725
angelic (not demonic)0.0175519
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.0164860
lenient (not strict)0.0135635
genius (not dunce)0.0135617
intimate (not formal)0.015562
selfish (not altruistic)0.0095544
juvenile (not mature)0.0064134
orderly (not chaotic)0.0065649
deep (not shallow)0.0055618
deranged (not reasonable)0.0045567
creative (not conventional)0.0015762
artistic (not scientific)0.0014426


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