We all know that beautiful people are more successful daters, but let’s quantify by exactly how much.
This is very useful as a record of the radiocarbon concentration in the past.
The curve is symmetric and surprisingly charitable: a woman is as likely to be considered extremely ugly as extremely beautiful, and the majority of women have been rated about “medium.” The chart normalized, even though it’s just the unfiltered opinions of our male users.
Given the popular wisdom that Hollywood, the Internet, and Photoshop have created unrealistic expectations of how a woman should look, I found the fairness and, well, realism, of this gray arc kind of heartening.
Our statisticians helped produce the radiocarbon calibration curves Int Cal04, Int Cal09 and, most recently, Int Cal13.
The curves allow scientists and archaeologists to obtain precise age estimates for discoveries.