After running a bunch of these, we began to ask ourselves: what else accounts for the wide spread of the x's, particularly on the "above-average" half of the graph? What is it about her: that gets more attention than her: ..though according to our users, they're both good-looking?
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Let's look at what the ratings distribution might be for a couple famous people.
I imagine that for, say, the actress Kristen Bell it would be roughly like this: Ms.
Bell is universally considered good-looking, but it's not like she's a supermodel or anything.
She would probably get a few votes in the 'super hot' range, lots around 'very attractive', and almost none at the 'unattractive' end of the graph.
Fair warning: we're about to objectify women, big-time.
The whole purpose of this blog is to analyze Ok Cupid's data, and without a little bit of objectification that's impossible.Men will get their turn under the microscope soon enough. All people, but especially guys, spend a disproportionate amount of energy searching for, browsing, and messaging our hottest users.As usual, none of this (with the exception of the celebrity examples) is opinion. As I've noted before, a hot woman receives roughly 4× the messages an average-looking woman gets, and 25× as many as an ugly one.Getting swamped with messages drives users, especially women, away.So we have to analyze and redirect this tendency, lest Ok Cupid become Every so often we run diagnostic plots like the one below, showing how many messages a sampling of 5,000 women, sorted by attractiveness, received over the last month.