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Racial stats from OkCupid (flame bait warning)

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momopi
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Racial stats from OkCupid (flame bait warning)

Post by momopi » September 13th, 2010, 5:47 pm

http://blog.okcupid.com/index.php/the-real-stuff-white-people-like/

The REAL ‘Stuff White People Like’
September 8th, 2010 by Christian Rudder

What is it that makes a culture unique? How are whites, blacks, Asians, or whoever different from everybody else? What tastes, interests, and concepts define an ethnic group? And is there any way to make fun of other races in public and get away with it?

These are big questions, and here's how we answered them.

We selected 526,000 OkCupid users at random and divided them into groups by their (self-stated) race. We then took all these people's profile essays (280 million words in total!) and isolated the words and phrases that made each racial group's essays statistically distinct from the others'.


For instance, it turns out that all kinds of people list sushi as one of their favorite foods. But Asians are the only group who also list sashimi; it's a racial outlier. Similarly, as we shall see, black people are 20 times more likely than everyone else to mention soul food, whereas no foods are distinct for white people, unless you count diet coke.


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Here's some potentially flame-bait pictures and graphs from the article:


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Post by adam917 » September 14th, 2010, 5:50 pm

Very cool article. Would be cool to see a continent breakdown at a later date.

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Post by wuxi » September 14th, 2010, 6:46 pm

You need to be careful how you interpret data like this. In many countries only the most educated people are wealthy enough to use the internet and as a result a diverse cross section of society is not represented in this study. Also, in most communist and socialist countries religion was basicly abolished in past.

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