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The Shawshank Redemption

The dataset of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz includes characters from the fictional universe of The Shawshank Redemption.


The dataset has 6 characters from this universe. They are ordered in the list below by their notability (see Note 1).

Notability Name
90.8Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding
88.3Andy Dufresne
71.0Brooks Hatlen
61.0Samuel Norton
55.0Byron Hadley

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 The Shawshank Redemption?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 0
2 It's bad 4
3 It's okay 110
4 It's good 1745
5 It's my favorite 640

This gives it an average score of 4.21 / 5. Making it 38th 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
angelic (not demonic)0.0862364
reasonable (not deranged)0.0772404
sheriff (not outlaw)0.0752372
genius (not dunce)0.0682426
orderly (not chaotic)0.0652426
disarming (not creepy)0.0572330
nurturing (not poisonous)0.0562379
altruistic (not selfish)0.052387
gracious (not feisty)0.0452376
formal (not intimate)0.0442419
blissful (not haunted)0.0421856
logical (not emotional)0.0362470
mature (not juvenile)0.0351890
slovenly (not stylish)0.0352423
genuine (not sarcastic)0.0341940
obedient (not rebellious)0.0322436
scientific (not artistic)0.0291977
strict (not lenient)0.0272424
masculine (not feminine)0.0262476
mainstream (not arcane)0.0242357
fresh (not stinky)0.022386
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.0172255
loyal (not traitorous)0.0172472
frugal (not lavish)0.0122332
high-tech (not low-tech)0.0111910
charming (not awkward)0.0112480
skeptical (not spiritual)0.0112456
conventional (not creative)0.012476
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)0.0092395
social (not reclusive)0.0082405
beta (not alpha)0.0062348
tame (not wild)0.0041904
nerd (not jock)0.0022400
meek (not bossy)0.0012396
sober (not indulgent)0.02361
shallow (not deep)0.02447


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