succumbing to peer pressure

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Statistics for Good!

Practically everyone else has already posted this, but I'm going to jump on the bandwagon anyway (thanks April, for sending the link!).

I thoroughly enjoy the folks at okcupid to begin with - they run a free dating site that doesn't totally suck (at least, for major cities) and has just the right amount of tongue-in-cheekness (in my opinion). Plus, they use their treasure-trove of voluntarily-provided, somewhat-private information to run neat statistical analyses. Like this one, using 4 million match searches to show that no, homosexuals aren't out to seduce heterosexuals (0.6% of gay men and 0.1% of lesbians ever searched for straight matches), nor are they particularly promiscuous (same median reported number of sex partners for self-reported straight and gay men and women). Lots of other good stuff at the link, including a map of who is gay curious in the US and Canada and this excellent bit of advice "I found that a fun game to play with stuff like this is to replace the words 'homosexual' and 'gay' with 'politician'—then you have something that's actually true."


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