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How Old is Your Name?

Names are important, as they are labels for people we know and do not know. Yet, they also signify cultural or historical information.

Case in point is an enjoyable on-line article by Nate Silver and Allison McCann, entitled "How To Tell Someone's Age When All You Know is Her Name". Start by reading the article as it is a great resource for statistical ideas.

Then, you might play with your own name (or other names of importance to you) via two links in the article...first the link to the Social Security Administration database of names, and second to its actuarial tables. Both links are there!

The article is a recent feature of the ESPN-owned website fivethirtyeight.com, started by the same Nate Silver. It is basically a blog that focuses on "polling aggregation." A sidenote: Its name represents the number of electors in the United States electoral college.

The blog's focus is on interesting and informative statistics, taken from the areas of politics, science, life, economics, and sports. Browse the full website for some other interesting blogs...and read an "unbiased" review, of the website itself (and its historical "polling wins").

Finally, you may want to revisit (or visit) a previous website, i.e. NameVoyager reviewed in MathNEXUS many years ago. It also is a lot of name-game fun!