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Sam Seaborn Personality Statistics

Sam Seaborn is a character from The West Wing. This page summarizes crowd sourced ratings of their personality collected from users of the Statistical "Which Character" Personality Quiz. People who take the quiz are asked if they would also be willing to volunteer to rate characters that they know. The ratings are made on a 100 point scale between two adjectives and then all averaged together into a composite. Because of the "law of large numbers" (a.k.a. wisdom of the crowds) this profile is very reliable. If you take one persons opinion of what a character is like and compare it to the opinion of another person about what that character is like, they could be very different. But if you compare the opinions of two groups, the difference gets smaller and smaller the larger the groups.

The table shows the average rating the character received for each trait in the survey. Because the questions are bipolar adjective pairs, they are reversible (i.e. a score of 25 on short<--->tall is the same as a score of 75 on tall<--->short). On this page, traits that had an average score below the midpoint have been reversed so they can be listed in order of most to least extreme for that character. The table also shows this character's relative rank on that trait compared to all other characters in the database. The standard deviation of ratings is shown, the basic idea here is that if the standard deviation is higher then that means there is less agreement between raters on that trait (the less agreement, the larger the sample size needed to get a reliable estimate). The number of raters is how many different individuals submitted a rating for that trait with this character; each rater rated only a random subset of traits for each character when they were surveyed.

TraitAverage ratingRankRating standard deviationNumber of raters
political (not nonpolitical)93.11213.0267
valedictorian (not drop out)91.15311.818
attractive (not repulsive)90.43213.1284
high IQ (not low IQ)90.212212.5243
beautiful (not ugly)89.89513.080
healthy (not sickly)89.43013.0275
driven (not unambitious)89.414010.9217
eloquent (not unpolished)88.65015.4293
go-getter (not slugabed)88.45810.228
diligent (not lazy)88.321811.8291
charismatic (not uninspiring)88.16714.6271
active (not slothful)87.99412.1256
city-slicker (not country-bumpkin)87.67016.525
🚴 (not 🏋️‍♂️)86.91320.316
competent (not incompetent)86.817114.8214
workaholic (not slacker)86.816917.763
civilized (not barbaric)85.99612.9274
🧗 (not 🛌)85.77410.619
democratic (not authoritarian)85.51116.6263
resourceful (not helpless)85.319113.465
egalitarian (not racist)85.117111.312
treasure (not trash)84.315723.716
urban (not rural)84.26210.613
curious (not apathetic)84.15715.8310
important (not irrelevant)84.118717.220
loyal (not traitorous)84.027217.5266
involved (not remote)83.44615.6251
work-first (not family-first)83.411315.3244
manicured (not scruffy)82.822216.8247
persistent (not quitter)82.744218.922
kind (not cruel)82.421417.8279
genius (not dunce)82.214216.9264
liberal (not conservative)82.17315.514
heroic (not villainous)81.922717.3266
stylish (not slovenly)81.813415.8260
straight (not queer)81.726120.394
smooth (not rough)81.63014.4297
patriotic (not unpatriotic)81.69212.020
precise (not vague)81.311717.2148
🌟 (not 💩)81.219021.130
fast (not slow)81.211216.4262
joyful (not miserable)81.23916.716
charming (not awkward)80.713519.2266
ivory-tower (not blue-collar)80.510220.2296
🙋‍♂️ (not 🙅‍♂️)80.44417.721
disarming (not creepy)80.19317.770
bright (not depressed)79.54917.3239
rich (not poor)79.223017.4212
cosmopolitan (not provincial)79.26921.1263
🧠 (not 💪)79.122613.212
pro (not noob)79.028718.125
social (not reclusive)78.612318.625
soulful (not soulless)78.527416.063
good-humored (not angry)78.214516.2253
chatty (not reserved)78.117417.8268
highbrow (not lowbrow)78.110418.7267
open to new experinces (not uncreative)78.020217.2249
gendered (not androgynous)77.942020.486
prestigious (not disreputable)77.916019.2218
reasonable (not deranged)77.815419.631
intellectual (not physical)77.325018.0309
young (not old)77.124414.4292
optimistic (not pessimistic)77.110421.8265
refined (not rugged)76.918819.3282
confident (not insecure)76.827620.8294
extrovert (not introvert)76.518520.3255
insider (not outsider)76.34220.3155
bold (not shy)76.349020.1264
fresh (not stinky)76.223922.222
literary (not mathematical)76.08523.8250
funny (not humorless)75.817917.2255
extraordinary (not mundane)75.625520.0276
human (not animalistic)75.032921.4200
playful (not shy)74.830216.6270
legit (not scrub)74.831523.024
equitable (not hypocritical)74.712719.984
idealist (not realist)74.310724.767
👨‍⚕️ (not 👨‍🔧)74.317024.821
inspiring (not cringeworthy)73.918221.978
sweet (not bitter)73.815418.9249
😀 (not 😭)73.79619.620
studious (not goof-off)73.738717.817
hurried (not leisurely)73.411319.8248
feminist (not sexist)73.132920.316
fortunate (not unlucky)73.08121.9287
interesting (not tiresome)72.927623.1253
👟 (not 🥾)72.812817.321
respectful (not rude)72.726021.4260
masculine (not feminine)72.734517.7286
charming (not trusting)72.717623.4243
nurturing (not poisonous)72.528120.871
resolute (not wavering)72.428924.520
straightforward (not cryptic)72.324423.1251
neurotypical (not autistic)72.334923.4260
🥰 (not 🙃)72.110624.515
warm (not cold)72.023520.0206
self-disciplined (not disorganized)71.945223.5270
works hard (not plays hard)71.938620.5298
honorable (not cunning)71.722924.5291
emancipated (not enslaved)71.626422.7227
open-minded (not close-minded)71.519918.6234
self-assured (not self-conscious)71.434924.4212
altruistic (not selfish)71.324421.4262
scholarly (not crafty)71.211726.1222
child free (not pronatalist)71.026424.6192
skeptical (not spiritual)70.539321.4243
😏 (not 😬)70.418628.015
tasteful (not lewd)70.030620.8273
assertive (not passive)69.747222.4251
cheery (not sorrowful)69.615519.4271
obsessed (not aloof)69.625921.9254
resistant (not resigned)69.435521.4243
introspective (not not introspective)69.127527.326
first-mate (not captain)68.928925.7242
pretentious (not unassuming)68.927725.020
mighty (not puny)68.940819.5259
trusting (not suspicious)68.614623.2250
expressive (not stoic)68.527723.4290
forgiving (not vengeful)68.523020.3287
confidential (not gossiping)68.540822.8208
thin (not thick)68.226521.4129
happy (not sad)67.914218.8281
😊 (not 🤣)67.930328.122
angelic (not demonic)67.830621.4262
📈 (not 📉)67.825828.125
alert (not oblivious)67.741624.432
bourgeoisie (not proletariat)67.622926.5200
tactful (not indiscreet)67.232924.222
neat (not messy)66.942524.9148
deep (not shallow)66.435927.021
lustful (not chaste)66.232221.5287
sensible (not ludicrous)66.235522.9274
concrete (not abstract)66.228425.116
tense (not relaxed)66.155922.2273
unambiguous (not mysterious)66.127324.1235
complimentary (not insulting)65.929122.768
statist (not anarchist)65.823621.124
decisive (not hesitant)65.549924.2256
🐩 (not 🐒)65.527731.722
bookish (not sporty)65.443524.5190
nerd (not jock)65.440925.9276
coordinated (not clumsy)65.450325.6249
focused on the future (not focused on the present)65.213824.2252
adventurous (not stick-in-the-mud)65.136023.6223
🥳 (not 🥴)65.112522.421
pure (not debased)65.030624.1264
existentialist (not nihilist)64.926623.457
glad (not mad)64.920023.823
💃 (not 🧕)64.839023.722
mainstream (not arcane)64.513124.8249
official (not backdoor)64.420825.8237
😎 (not 🧐)64.229330.212
dominant (not submissive)64.152122.6259
vain (not demure)64.034021.3249
night owl (not morning lark)63.838628.5135
😇 (not 😈)63.732523.122
purple (not orange)63.618925.0192
complicated (not simple)63.546324.5224
🐘 (not 🐀)63.423125.624
gregarious (not private)63.320125.2277
arrogant (not humble)63.142724.1283
technophile (not luddite)63.123123.5200
brave (not careful)62.941923.1256
scheduled (not spontaneous)62.844927.7269
alpha (not beta)62.848126.0218
bossy (not meek)62.655121.3258
😜 (not 🤐)62.627022.013
high-tech (not low-tech)62.529721.9228
western (not eastern)62.537532.819
classical (not avant-garde)62.436424.463
tall (not short)62.339019.9257
sheriff (not outlaw)62.233625.4269
sane (not crazy)62.128821.723
independent (not codependent)62.046128.1249
creative (not conventional)61.935225.1273
master (not apprentice)61.952227.991
accepting (not judgemental)61.728127.5136
atheist (not theist)61.639922.950
👨‍🚀 (not 🧙)61.624527.025
orderly (not chaotic)61.540226.6266
communal (not individualist)61.517823.969
sheltered (not street-smart)61.422625.3186
rational (not whimsical)61.344626.7273
modern (not historical)61.237423.4157
soft (not hard)61.129220.4223
wise (not foolish)61.040022.0271
wholesome (not salacious)61.039622.020
hoarder (not unprepared)60.741320.0176
socialist (not libertarian)60.66625.6258
politically correct (not edgy)60.526225.2289
philosophical (not real)60.413925.7147
worldly (not innocent)60.258326.0268
competitive (not cooperative)60.250427.5280
basic (not hipster)60.048026.0251
genuine (not sarcastic)59.838128.2287
normal (not weird)59.726424.8305
anxious (not calm)59.543622.6244
impulsive (not cautious)59.237425.9262
bold (not serious)59.239224.4277
industrial (not domestic)59.235527.358
🤔 (not 🤫)59.239629.917
sensitive (not thick-skinned)59.130623.1269
reasoned (not instinctual)58.828829.1261
warm (not quarrelsome)58.830725.5297
👩‍🔬 (not 👩‍🎤)58.536724.925
deliberate (not spontaneous)58.455127.5243
minimalist (not pack rat)58.437521.519
biased (not impartial)58.363025.7250
open (not guarded)58.214724.3249
imaginative (not practical)57.925828.6218
methodical (not astonishing)57.851127.4269
hedonist (not monastic)57.740617.013
direct (not roundabout)57.560627.0259
zany (not regular)57.546231.011
specialist (not generalist)57.449227.466
scientific (not artistic)57.345427.3273
🤠 (not 🤑)57.148128.120
💝 (not 💔)57.037930.317
average (not deviant)56.925525.5140
metaphorical (not literal)56.620428.9243
soft (not hard)56.634621.972
stable (not moody)56.523625.9262
vulnerable (not armoured)56.326323.6212
🐴 (not 🦄)56.346636.315
loud (not quiet)56.243424.6272
dramatic (not no-nonsense)56.242326.3106
awkward (not suspicious)56.125523.1248
feisty (not gracious)56.064324.3235
moderate (not extreme)55.728524.6224
lavish (not frugal)55.637022.3211
devout (not heathen)55.547224.2247
flexible (not rigid)55.531223.6259
mature (not juvenile)55.449421.162
vanilla (not kinky)55.241126.5240
'left-brained' (not 'right-brained')55.120827.7160
varied (not repetitive)55.121825.884
overspender (not penny-pincher)54.734825.519
playful (not serious)54.432622.6303
multicolored (not monochrome)54.439829.456
head@clouds (not down2earth)53.937828.8289
rebellious (not obedient)53.857723.7227
utilitarian (not decorative)53.761924.254
intimate (not formal)53.741524.822
lenient (not strict)53.638723.3257
🐮 (not 🐷)53.553225.516
traditional (not unorthodox)53.340226.060
🎩 (not 🧢)53.051132.324
conspiracist (not sheeple)52.963920.7140
🐿 (not 🦇)52.951027.416
mischievous (not well behaved)52.756226.0292
proper (not scandalous)52.546826.4245
cool (not dorky)52.253230.022
👽 (not 🤡)52.252922.012
logical (not emotional)52.041226.3295
impatient (not patient)51.959626.385
👻 (not 🤖)51.947831.019
compersive (not jealous)51.845625.1225
permanent (not transient)51.855625.985
tame (not wild)51.638824.7207
🐐 (not 🦒)51.669326.821
explorer (not builder)51.548028.5235
sober (not indulgent)51.446025.8255
empirical (not theoretical)51.364327.7244
🤺 (not 🏌)51.273727.820
flamboyant (not modest)50.942825.6306
mild (not spicy)50.136326.6263
subjective (not objective)50.454528.060
pacifist (not ferocious)50.536625.4280

Similar characters

The similarity between two characters can be calculated by taking the correlation between the lists of their traits. This produces a value from +1 to -1. With +1 implying that every trait one character is high on the other one is high on too, to an equal degree. And, -1 implying that if a character is high on specific trait, the other one is low on it. The 10 most and least similar characters to Sam Seaborn based on their crowd-sourced profiles are listed below with the correlation in parenthesis.

Most similar Least similar
  1. C. J. Cregg (0.859)
  2. Julian Bashir (0.858)
  3. Derek Shepherd (0.821)
  4. Joey Lucas (0.806)
  5. Iris West (0.804)
  1. Barney Gumble (-0.524)
  2. Brad Bellick (-0.52)
  3. Moe Szyslak (-0.517)
  4. Nelson Muntz (-0.512)
  5. Sam Healy (-0.501)

Personality types

Personality types according to various systems can be derived from the character's traits. Profiles for a personality type were computed by averaging together all responses from people who took the test and reported a given personality type and then this composite was matched to each of those profiles as if it was its own character (as was done above). Listed closest to worst match.

  1. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTP (r = 0.69)
  2. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTP (r = 0.58)
  3. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFP (r = 0.5)
  4. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENTJ (r = 0.47)
  5. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFP (r = 0.46)
  6. Enneagram: Type 8 (r = 0.38)
  7. Enneagram: Type 4 (r = 0.36)
  8. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ENFJ (r = 0.35)
  9. Enneagram: Type 7 (r = 0.34)
  10. Enneagram: Type 5 (r = 0.26)
  11. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESTJ (r = 0.22)
  12. Enneagram: Type 3 (r = 0.16)
  13. Enneagram: Type 6 (r = 0.15)
  14. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ESFJ (r = 0.14)
  15. Enneagram: Type 2 (r = 0.07)
  16. Enneagram: Type 9 (r = 0.04)
  17. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTP (r = -0.01)
  18. Enneagram: Type 1 (r = -0.02)
  19. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFP (r = -0.05)
  20. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTP (r = -0.14)
  21. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFP (r = -0.19)
  22. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INTJ (r = -0.22)
  23. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: INFJ (r = -0.27)
  24. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISTJ (r = -0.47)
  25. Jungian/Myers-Briggs: ISFJ (r = -0.5)

Notes

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