Friday, September 19, 2014

Name Data

Here is the first shot at working with name data from the Social Security web site.
The site allows you to enter in a list of first names + the gender like so:
Then the site will chart out the popularity trend of the names. You can do a single name as well by just entering Name|Gender.
The data goes all the way back to the late 1800s however the older data is less accurate than current data since Social Security Number usage history is not consistent.
Using the relative risk calculation I am working on showing year to year increasing and decreasing spikes in popularity for given names. For example the sudden decrease of the name Katrina after 2005.
More to come on this, however in the mean time it is kinda cool to plug names in and try to figure out what caused the increase or decrease in the name.

Update: 9/19/2014

I changed the layout a bit and added some more stats including highest year to year increase and decrease of a name. Therefore you can track the trends of a name you specify.

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