I've called this second property "answer diversity." Now let's sort by it, too: Doing this, we can think of our space of questions as four zones, roughly described like so: Clearly, the lower right-hand corner contains the kind of questions we want, and that's where we found the correlations we report below.Just wanted you guys to know we didn't get them out of thin air, or, worse, off some blog.To explore the questions in the plot, you can mouse-over one to bring it forward and click it to send it back. We wanted to recommend useful questions, not just ones that weren't awkward.might be fine to ask, but doing so is of little value because almost everyone has the same answer. So I added another dimension to the plot: how much each question splits public opinion.Before we could go looking for correlations to deeper stuff, our first task was to decide which questions were even first-date appropriate.
There is so much you want to know about the person across the table from you, and yet so little you can directly ask. We took Ok Cupid's database of 275,294 match questions—probably the biggest collection of relationship concerns on earth—and the 776 Love, sex, a soulmate, an argument, whatever you're looking for, we'll show you the polite questions to find it.
We hope they'll be useful to you in the real world.
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 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!