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True Detective

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


The dataset has 3 characters from this universe. They are ordered in the list below by their notability (see Note 1).

Notability Name
84.5Rust Cohle
74.3Marty Hart
54.7Maggie Hart

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 True Detective?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 0
2 It's bad 2
3 It's okay 30
4 It's good 261
5 It's my favorite 127

This gives it an average score of 4.22 / 5. Making it 31st 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
arcane (not mainstream)0.2397
intimate (not formal)0.135402
skeptical (not spiritual)0.124411
rebellious (not obedient)0.12402
lenient (not strict)0.105401
indulgent (not sober)0.101393
reclusive (not social)0.089401
masculine (not feminine)0.084414
meek (not bossy)0.071398
nerd (not jock)0.07400
artistic (not scientific)0.069303
haunted (not blissful)0.068284
outlaw (not sheriff)0.066397
high-tech (not low-tech)0.066293
demonic (not angelic)0.063398
reasonable (not deranged)0.058401
deep (not shallow)0.058408
wild (not tame)0.056295
juvenile (not mature)0.051279
genius (not dunce)0.051403
alpha (not beta)0.051394
logical (not emotional)0.051412
lavish (not frugal)0.05387
creative (not conventional)0.047413
nurturing (not poisonous)0.047394
charming (not awkward)0.033413
fresh (not stinky)0.033396
stylish (not slovenly)0.03406
gracious (not feisty)0.028393
altruistic (not selfish)0.027400
traitorous (not loyal)0.018413
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.015384
chaotic (not orderly)0.012405
sarcastic (not genuine)0.009299
disarming (not creepy)0.005395
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)0.001397


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