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Before we could go looking for correlations to deeper stuff, our first task was to decide which questions were even first-date appropriate.
I know each person has his own opinion on what's okay to talk about with a stranger.
I also know that if I had to wade through hundreds of thousands of user-submitted questions like these verbatim examples: I would go fucking insane.
The basic currency of the Internet is human ignorance, and, frankly, our database holds a strong cash position!
So, instead of judging each question's first-date appropriateness subjectively, I turned to statistics.
I decided our candidates were the ones that (a) most people were comfortable discussing publicly, and (b) were mathematically likely to tell you something you couldn't just guess.
I sliced Ok Cupid's question pool like this: That blue rectangle is our highest-quality, least-invasive questions, and we next examined each of them for interesting correlations.
(If you're interested in knowing more about the above graph, you can drop-down an explanation here, complete with an interactive scatter plot that took me forever to make.) Whenever a user answers a match question on Ok Cupid, he has the option of keeping his answer private by clicking this box: The less often people check that box for a given question, the more confident we can be that the question is okay to talk about. Here's a simulation of the process—I can only picture a small subset of the data we crunched, but it should illustrate the principle involved.
Darnell breaks down the different aspects he looks for when casting his shows, between a host, a judge and a contestant.
Says Darnell, “I put Simon Cowell and Gordon Ramsey in the same bucket." He adds, "In that, they’re both really talented, and the reason people like them is because they are authentic." Darnell argues that viewers, "will forgive a bad day, or an angry comment, if you know they’re real.
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