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Some of my fondest teenage memories revolve around reality television. That time my childhood friend hosted a Survivor-themed birthday party and we voted other party-goers "off the island." That time I bawled as I watched Kelly Clarkson sing "A Moment Like This" after she won the first season of American Idol. The first time I watched a guy propose to his future wife on national television... no, not on Joe Millionaire -- who do you think I am? That was The Bachelor, and since I heard host Chris Harrison's monologue in 2002, I was hooked.
Fast-forward a decade: I am now a full-time data scientist, creating predictive models by day and obsessing over The Bachelor by night. Really, it was only a matter of time before I went Moneyball with the eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants, those walking, talking, flirting clusters of data.
The Bachelor and Bachelorette aren't exactly known for diverse talent pools, but their contestants do range in height, a physical attribute ingrained in dating culture. Does height play a role in rose ceremony dominators? Could I use it to predict a winner for this season of The Bachelorette? After crunching the measurements for 32 Bachelors and Bachelorettes, along with information on all contestants from each season since 2013 (or, 187 men and women over the course of seven seasons), the answer is yes. Here's the math: