Data science says

How to take the perfect selfie? For one thing, be a woman

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You can now look to the world of science for answers to a question we know has been burning inside of all you: How do I take a perfect selfie? It’s a problem that torments all of us, deep in the corners of our souls that we may not want to admit even exist. Thankfully, there are some simple steps you can follow in order to take more superior selfies. Andrej Karpathy, a grad student studying computer science at Stanford University, developed a type of data-mining software that analyzed millions of selfies found on social media, and discovered common trends shared by the photos with the highest tallies of likes, then extrapolated those trends into advice for improving selfie-taking acumen. The most important thing to know is that if you’re a woman, you’re already one step ahead of the game. According to Karpathy’s data, “There’s not a single guy in the top 100” of his ranking of the best selfies. Some other key tips you’ll want to keep in mind when composing your selfies are always remembering to follow the rule of thirds, and not being afraid to deploy the use of a filter. They really work — a fact that is borne out in the data. Of course, that’s not all Karpathy recommends, but armed with that little bit of knowledge, we can tell your selfies have already begun to improve.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post and read Karpathy’s complete report on his blog.

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