Analyses of baby name popularity distribution in U.S. for the last 131 years

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  • Wentian Li

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    1. The Robert S. Boas Center for Genomics and Human Genetics, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore LIJ Health System, Manhasset, 350 Community Drive, New York 11030
    • Wentian Li The Robert S. Boas Center for Genomics and Human Genetics, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, North Shore LIJ Health System, Manhasset, 350 Community Drive, New York 11030
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Abstract

We examine the complete dataset of baby name popularity collected by U.S. Social Security Administration for the last 131 years (1880–2010). The ranked baby name popularity can be fitted empirically by a piecewise function consisting of Beta function for the high-ranking names and power-law function for low-ranking names, but not power-law (Zipf's law) or Beta function by itself. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Complexity, 2012

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