Quote of the Day
The best of ideas is hurt by uncritical acceptance and thrives on critical examination.
— George Polya, mathematician
I have been receiving quite a few questions about my database of Naked and Afraid information. I only track the shows with 2-person teams – I am not a big fan of the XL episodes. There recently has been a number of shows where women have been particularly strong leaders and finishers, and some big, tough-looking men struggled right from the start and failed to complete the challenge. In response to some of the recent shows, a number of people have asked "Who taps out more – men or women?" So I have updated my Excel Workbook with the data from recent episodes and went to work. I have also updated Figure 1, which shows where the episodes were filmed.
I filtered my database for episodes where a woman finished and a man did not, or vice versa. This process generated a list of solo finishers and the number of days they were solo (Figure 2). Seventeen people finished the challenge alone, 9 men and 8 women.
Figure 3 shows the summary statistics for the solo finishers. While there have been some strong female solo finishers lately, overall men and women have had similar solo performances, at least with respect to the average days solo and the number of solo finishers.
I am seeing a pattern in how men tap out that I do want to explore, but I am not certain how to obtain the data to prove it. It seems that the big, muscular men do not do as well as the smaller, wiry men. I do not have data on the size of the men, so I cannot perform this analysis right now – I am thinking about how to gather that data.