Sizing Up the Average Wolfram|Alpha User
Based on the vast number of queries we have been receiving from users all around the world, we thought it would be very interesting to draw some inferences from it. We started with “Human Body Measurements”, one of the many topic areas in Wolfram|Alpha. We thought it would be a safe assumption to make that in more cases than not, when users query for data based on weight or height values, they are most likely looking for data about themselves (narcissism, thy name is Homo sapiens). Based on this assumption, we plotted all of the height and weight inputs and ended up with the following distribution:
We can see from this that the average Wolfram|Alpha user is an individual who weighs about 154 pounds and is between 5′ 9″ and 5′ 11″ tall. This translates to a BMI of between 21.5–22.7 for men or women. From these results, we see that the average user falls within normal distribution.
Let us see how this hypothetical Wolfram|Alpha user compares with the average American male or female:
Similarly, we can compare user heights with the height distribution of the general population in America:
Being the world’s first computational knowledge engine enables us to do many interesting analyses, so we encourage our users to watch out for more cool data evaluations like these.