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A Tale of Two Cities

The dataset of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz includes characters from the fictional universe of A Tale of Two Cities.


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

Notability Name
80.1Sydney Carton
62.8Charles Darnay
58.6Lucie Manette

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 A Tale of Two Cities?". The distribution of their responses are below.

# Response Count
1 It's the worst 37
2 It's bad 42
3 It's okay 448
4 It's good 479
5 It's my favorite 73

This gives it an average score of 3.47 / 5. Making it 326th 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 3.5
Female 3.46

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
nerd (not jock)0.14191036
nurturing (not poisonous)0.13531027
deep (not shallow)0.13151035
tame (not wild)0.1111035
genius (not dunce)0.10831031
reasonable (not deranged)0.09841159
angelic (not demonic)0.08991031
disarming (not creepy)0.08661148
reclusive (not social)0.08241029
gracious (not feisty)0.07541029
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)0.07521024
altruistic (not selfish)0.07241028
low-tech (not high-tech)0.06671028
loyal (not traitorous)0.06391154
arcane (not mainstream)0.06341148
strict (not lenient)0.06271153
genuine (not sarcastic)0.06141029
sheriff (not outlaw)0.06091027
stick-in-the-mud (not adventurous)0.05841030
scientific (not artistic)0.05651034
mature (not juvenile)0.0531034
beta (not alpha)0.05141026
meek (not bossy)0.04981038
slovenly (not stylish)0.0451028
awkward (not charming)0.04471038
frugal (not lavish)0.04331029
spiritual (not skeptical)0.02821029
masculine (not feminine)0.02591158
orderly (not chaotic)0.02581030
rebellious (not obedient)0.02471033
logical (not emotional)0.02361151
haunted (not blissful)0.021028
creative (not conventional)0.01571030
indulgent (not sober)0.01021030
stinky (not fresh)0.00841027
intimate (not formal)0.0081024

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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