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.
As for the interests of white women, you have romance novels, some country music, and a broad selection of Good Housekeeping type stuff.
It's also amazing the extent to which their list shows a pastoral or rural self-mythology: bonfires, boating, horseback riding, thunderstorms.
I remind you that Ok Cupid's user base is almost all in large cities, where to one degree or another, if you find yourself doing much of any of these things, civilization has come to an end.
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 Ok Cupid 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.