The real stuff white people like

Posted to Statistics  |  Nathan Yau

Online dating site OkCupid continues their run of amusing yet thorough analysis of their users. This time: the real stuff white people like. Well actually, the stuff that all races like:

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’.

Top phrase for white males? Tom Clancy. White female? The Red Sox. Black males? Soul food. Black females? Soul food. Asian males? Taiwan. Asian females? Coz. Yeah, I don’t know what that is either.

[Thanks, John]

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