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The Handmaid's Tale

The dataset of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz includes characters from the fictional universe of The Handmaid's Tale.


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

Notability Name
89.8June Osborne
77.2Serena Joy Waterford
70.3Nick Blaine
66.1Janine Lindo

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 The Handmaid's Tale?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 23
2 It's bad 31
3 It's okay 600
4 It's good 2617
5 It's my favorite 696

This gives it an average score of 3.99 / 5. Making it 120th 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 3.92
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
deep (not shallow)0.08434037
nurturing (not poisonous)0.0823985
disarming (not creepy)0.07123981
loyal (not traitorous)0.0694093
feminine (not masculine)0.06694100
intimate (not formal)0.06424020
genuine (not sarcastic)0.06351682
reasonable (not deranged)0.06043996
orderly (not chaotic)0.05184046
fresh (not stinky)0.04473983
indulgent (not sober)0.04453979
altruistic (not selfish)0.04423984
angelic (not demonic)0.04333979
genius (not dunce)0.03894048
lenient (not strict)0.03884068
high-tech (not low-tech)0.03831678
artistic (not scientific)0.0351760
creative (not conventional)0.03494099
emotional (not logical)0.03274086
mainstream (not arcane)0.03063983
blissful (not haunted)0.03021638
mature (not juvenile)0.0261596
alpha (not beta)0.02563976
stylish (not slovenly)0.02554021
tame (not wild)0.02451659
nerd (not jock)0.02083995
bossy (not meek)0.01993992
sheriff (not outlaw)0.01673977
feisty (not gracious)0.01493975
lavish (not frugal)0.01383971
charming (not awkward)0.0114090
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)0.00873984
obedient (not rebellious)0.00444017
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.00413969
spiritual (not skeptical)0.00394074
social (not reclusive)0.00123978

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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