Crazy-Hot Scale v2.0-beta

This is not a new concept. It has been written about here, here, and featured in an episode of HIMYM. The basic idea is that you can essentially chart everyone on a graph based on 2 criteria: how hot they are and how crazy they are. This makes a few assumptions:

Assumption 1: you do not want to date a crazy girl

Assumption 2: you want to date a hot girl

there are more assumptions, but we can get into that later.

When simply plotted using “Crazy” as the x-axis and “Hot” as the y-axis, you can use an y=x linear line to make a line of demarcation. We use a simple ratings scale for the x and y axes:

Crazy: 0 being awesome, laid back, not crazy whatsoever. 10 being bat-shit-murderous-vengeful-jealous-gonna-wear-your-skin-as-a-suit crazy.

Hot: 0 being basically a dude (if you’re a hetero dude). 10 being Minka Kelly or Christina Hendricks.

Giant disclaimer: “hotness” and “crazyness” are both subjective. Although we attempt to quantify it by using a simple 10-point scale, we have our own biases that will skew the data one way or another. This is why we try to average multiple data points in order to get closer to a “true” subjective quantity 🙂 confusing yet?

I was first introduced to the Hot-Crazy Scale a couple years ago in an episode of How I Met Your Mother. if you don’t watch this show already, you should – its good stuff (requires watching from the beginning to get the call-backs and historical references). But in this episode, Barney (NPH), describes the hot crazy scale (v1.0):

as you can see, the x axis is the crazy, and the y axis is the hot. ideally you want someone who is more hot than they are crazy – or above the line in the graph. There is a little controversy over the line, which I can definitely understand, which may require some tweaking to make it an ideal border of who to date, and who to avoid. Some problems are:

– some people are able to deal with more crazy than your average person, so their line may be less steep

– there is a limit to how much crazy a person can deal with, regardless of how hot the other person is. This would create a wall at whatever crazy point is deemed too much to handle.

there are also some delineations to be made:

– Hotness does not equal desirability, although it may be a good predictor of it.

– people on the scale are not fixed in location. people can get more or less attractive, or more or less crazy. typically we see y-axis movement more than x-axis movement though.

So what is this all leading up to?

I made a crazy hot scale for myself. I wrote down all the people I’ve dated and asked my friends who have met them to give me their “crazy/hot” rating. After averaging our scores, I plotted it on the following chart:

As you can see, I went with the “you can only deal with so much crazy regardless of how hot the girl is” format. It made sense to me, so I added it as the RED set of dots (aka the Vicky Mendoza diagonal). The dots that are named G# stands for each girl I dated. The R# are reference points – friends and people who we are able to place on here for future purposes. I averaged all the data points to find what the average “crazy/hot-ness” of my dates are – unfortunately I fall just below the line.

Here is the crazy stuff we found out:

1. Everyone ABOVE the Vicky Mendoza diagonal (this line is in reference to the Mendoza Line in baseball, used to indicate a batting average below .200, which is very poor), that I know of, is married.

2. Everyone BELOW the Vicky Mendoza diagonal is single.

3. I started out my dating career on the positive side of the diagonal, but have recently fallen to the dark side. (for those of your trying to keep track, the number designations are random, there is no association with time/sequence).

So this is just the beta version of the chart. What I would like to do is make each data point a bubble point where the more input I can get on each girl’s crazy/hot-ness, the bubble will hopefully become more accurate. This mostly for scientific prudence and to help gauge how exacting each data point is.

I would like to add a time axis to it, or maybe an overlapping graph. this would probably be the “crazy-hot ratio”, which we ALWAYS want above 1.0. This would be able to tell me if I’m dating in the right direction.

Additionally, by using this chart, you can use the established reference points to see the “crazy tolerance” you would have for people you just have crushes on or barely know. For this example, I have two “crushes” on the scale:

C1 – She’s a solid 7.5. Pretty hot. Definitely hotter than anyone I’ve dated before. I drew a horizontal line at 7.5 to find out how much “crazy” could be tolerated. Where the Vicky Mendoza diagonal intersects with 7.5, I look down and find “G11”. So C1 must be less crazy than I remember G11 to be – otherwise, run the hell away. C1 is also clearly a reach for me (re: settler vs. reacher theory here and here) – so this one is definitely out of my normal limits historically.

C2 – this one looks closer to what I have dated, but with this comes less tolerance for Crazy. This is probably a better bet due to my history, but who knows who’ll be the settler and who’ll be the reacher

The “bubble of dating” is based on my history of dating, I pretty much just estimated what it would look like given the spread of crazy/hot values. but what I would like to find out is where I would place on the crazy/hot scale. I would need to gather my friends AND people I’ve dated to get them to rate me in terms of hotness and crazyness. This would give me a better idea whether or not I’m dating “outside my range” – meaning someone disproportionately crazy/hot in comparison to me. I want to move my bubble as far away from “YBF” (aka You’ve Been F*cked) and as close as possible to the “Uber-Desirable” area.

So, what can we extrapolate or look into in the future:

– I think the crazy/hot scale could be a predictor of who is “marriage material” and who is not. remember the crazy/hot scale is dynamic. people can get hotter, or uncrazy over time – so it would require constant re-evaluation. someone who isn’t marriage material now, could be later. There is some debate over whether or not the really attractive girls would marry because they could be aware they are hot and may want to hold out for the cream of the crop – thus making some sort of “sweet spot” within the triangle of desirable-ness.

– time is important for the crazy/hot scale. It can show where someone is going/trending towards. it can show if your (in this case my) standards have increased or decreased. it can show periods in your life where you may have had more superficial tendencies. this also allows people to slowly migrate back to the desirable side of the Mendoza line.

– I think with enough data, you can help guide yourself toward the more desirable upper-left quadrant. you can start by going out with people only on the desirable side of the line. this would bring your average closer and closer to the line, and hopefully eventually crossing it.

HC Scale - optimal

This is just version 2.0 beta. I’m going to figure out another way to present it so its more useful or fun. Let me know what you think!

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  1. Maximillian
    Posted April 19, 2011 at 10:03 am | Permalink

    This is awesome shit! I might have to make one for myself haha.

  2. Mary Schmitz
    Posted November 26, 2012 at 8:04 am | Permalink


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