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Structure of Romantic and Sexual relationship

  1. Jul 15, 2009 #1
    ...from a sociological survey conducted in Jefferson High school.

    http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/chainspix.htm

    Does the big circle represent their football team? :)
     
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    Neat-o. Very fractalish.
     
  4. Jul 15, 2009 #3

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    Is it sex? Or does kissing or a date count?

    There is some gay connections too. Interesting.

    One girl had six.. wow.
     
  5. Jul 15, 2009 #4

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    You know this guy has to be totally hot.
     

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  6. Jul 15, 2009 #5

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    Maybe, maybe not. If you have a graph and randomly choose to connect each pair of vertexes with an edge with probability p, you expect to get one larger blob and a bunch of smaller disconnected things. So this high school seems to fit the model of people having sex at random
     
  7. Jul 15, 2009 #6

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    Note the 63 monogomous couples in the lower right. Lumping them together like that gives a bit of a false impression to the graph, eh? Oh, and the 12 lucky guys in the lower right as well.
     
  8. Jul 15, 2009 #7

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    Wow...I hope he's not allergic to antibiotics.
     
  9. Jul 15, 2009 #8
    yeah, also they didn't show the physics department, mostly with unconnected dots.
     
  10. Jul 15, 2009 #9

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    :rofl: There went my coke. All over the monitor.
     
  11. Jul 15, 2009 #10

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    Mine too. LOL. :rofl:
     
  12. Jul 15, 2009 #11
    Don't let my wife get a load of this chart or I'm a dead man.
     
  13. Jul 15, 2009 #12
    I couldn't find any with exception of one but they were also connected to other color dots.
     
  14. Jul 15, 2009 #13
    Ya, there appears to be one girl who gets around.
     
  15. Jul 15, 2009 #14
    In the article, the guy wants to emphasize that there are too many linked relationships (and hence helps him in making a conclusion about STDs).
     
  16. Jul 15, 2009 #15

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    It says "romantic relations" so I'm really not sure if all of those are sexual. And if it's just dating, the circle makes more sense. A group of students who hangs out together a lot is likely to date, and in high school, there are a lot of breakups and new partners within that circle of friends without anything sexual happening. Or, at least that's how it was when I was in high school.

    Or, maybe it was just one crazy party where they were all playing spin the bottle.

    And, it seems to support the notion that the best place to find people to date are amongst friends of friends.

    If it was only reporting sexual interactions, wouldn't there have been at least a few dots all by themselves?
     
  17. Jul 15, 2009 #16

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    Some guy is with 7 chicks.... nice.

    I really do want to know who make up the ring of sex there in the top left.
     
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  18. Jul 15, 2009 #17

    lisab

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    I'm not sure the circle makes sense, whether it's sex or just dating...or just saying "good morning." The other strings range from 2 to 7 dots....then we have this 37-dot string, where the first one just happens to "engage" with the last one in the string, forming a circle.

    So even though there's a *lot* of side strings, none of the dots in that circle engaged in any other member of the circle? I find that hard to believe.

    I'm making the assumption that each dot is unique.
     
  19. Jul 15, 2009 #18

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    Maybe it's not. Maybe some of those chains off the circle are there because it would be too messy to draw all the lines? I think they may have been trying more for aesthetics than accuracy. But, there isn't even a clear figure legend to help understand how to interpret it, so it's not terribly useful as it's being presented here.
     
  20. Jul 15, 2009 #19
    Or so it seems ... According to Why Sex is fun? Jared talks about how most of our sex is done privately. Perhaps there was sex but no one "knew".
     
  21. Jul 15, 2009 #20

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    http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/chains.htm

    Looks like it was for a study on STD's so sexual intercourse is assumed i'd think...
     
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