Story Stats

I recently noticed that the Library now has over a thousand stories in it. We actually hit that milestone back in January.

Congratulations to the community and thank you to all of the authors who have contributed over the years.

Of course I did what I usually due when presented with a large data set. I crunched some numbers.


Gender in Inflation Stories

It should be completely unsurprising that women are the subjects of inflation more often than men. Women inflate in roughly 93% of the stories, compared to only 16% for men. Yes, that’s more than 100%; 9% of stories include both men and women inflating.

There also a strong (although not as strong) gender disparity when it come to popping. There may be a good reason why men so rarely inflate: apparently they make really lousy balloons.

When a woman inflates, she will more likely than not survive the ordeal. An inflated woman has about a 1 in 3 chance of popping. For men, the odds are inverted. A man who inflates has less than a 1 in 3 chance of getting through the story intact.

As for the types of pops, authors generally avoid the gory details of a human explosion. Almost half of pops were of the Clean variety, and a quarter of them took place Offscreen. This was true for both men and women.

There were some fairly small variances between the sexes. Women were somewhat more likely to end in Messy pops, while with men the burstings were slightly more likely to be Implied. I don’t have a theory as to why this is the case, but it might be nothing. The data set for male inflation is pretty small, so it could just be noise.

The big outlier showed up when I looked at data for stories that inflated both men and women. Almost three quarters of the poppings were of the Clean variety. The numbers are too big for this to be purely coincidental, but I'm at a loss to explain it.

So this is the sort of thing I contemplate when I'm trying to write and it just isnt happening. If anyone's curious about other trends in the story data, please feel free to ask.

Interesting Stuff

Of course, this assumes that all the stories in the library are properly tagged.

Amazing that we can apply statistical analysis to an esoteric fetish.  Is there anything that math cannot do?

Anything you would like to tell us about sexual content?  None vs. implied vs. mild vs. explicit?  Anything interesting about sexual makeup of the characters in explicit stories?

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LutherVKane's picture
Content Explicity

I'm fairly confident in the accuracy of the gender and poppping tags. I'm sure there are some errors in there, but not enough to skew the results noticeably. I'm significantly less confident in the sexual content tags. They're often applied pretty arbitrarily, and that that will continue to be the case unless I sit down and hammer out definitions that classify each sex act. So I have to be careful in drawing conclusions from this data. But I can make a few observations.

  • When authors write sex into their stories, they they tend to go big or stay home. In a majority of the stories, the sexual content is Explicit. Of the remainder, a majority of the content is Mild.
  • The number of Male/Male stories is too small to generate any meaningful commentary.
  • There's little difference in the frequency of explicit sex in Male/Female versus Female/Female stories.

The fun part comes when you look at how often there's sexual content based on who's inflating.

  • Stories where only only women inflate: ~25%
  • Stories where only men inflate: ~20%
  • Stories where both men and women inflate: ~60% This is also the percent of such stories that include popping.

So if you have a man and a woman inflating in the same story, then it's a safe bet there will be some manner of fooling around followed by, or perhaps interrupted by, an explosion.

AlecDeluxe's picture

I love analyses like this, much like your "Laws of Inflation" work. Well done.

I want to pop so much I could burst!

Inflate123's picture
Thanks for this. It's like

Thanks for this. It's like looking in a mathematical mirror. 

LutherVKane's picture
You're quite welcome. I think

You're quite welcome.

I think a lot of people, myself included, develop their own notions about the composition of the community and its artwork that are often skewed by an individual's perspective. I was curious about what I'd find if I looked at large chunk of data accumulated over the years.  It's been enlightening.