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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.


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

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 22
2 It's bad 103
3 It's okay 1219
4 It's good 3855
5 It's my favorite 1476

This gives it an average score of 4.0 / 5. Making it 115th 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 4.0
Female 4.0

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
jock (not nerd)0.08866810
sarcastic (not genuine)0.06215385
social (not reclusive)0.05946762
stylish (not slovenly)0.05526828
fresh (not stinky)0.05336755
mainstream (not arcane)0.04886764
sober (not indulgent)0.04866740
alpha (not beta)0.04566748
feminine (not masculine)0.04217014
wild (not tame)0.03825367
charming (not awkward)0.0386974
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)0.03766758
blissful (not haunted)0.03725278
spiritual (not skeptical)0.03556908
high-tech (not low-tech)0.03525374
lavish (not frugal)0.03416716
loyal (not traitorous)0.02626966
bossy (not meek)0.0266801
sheriff (not outlaw)0.02356743
poisonous (not nurturing)0.02296750
lenient (not strict)0.02176940
obedient (not rebellious)0.02116822
gracious (not feisty)0.01956735
emotional (not logical)0.01556948
genius (not dunce)0.01416847
deep (not shallow)0.0146891
intimate (not formal)0.01256836
selfish (not altruistic)0.01186757
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.01036707
angelic (not demonic)0.00956748
deranged (not reasonable)0.00886820
disarming (not creepy)0.00696788
creative (not conventional)0.00276985
chaotic (not orderly)0.00216854
artistic (not scientific)0.00125529
juvenile (not mature)0.00015220

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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