Monday, June 1, 2015

Chris Wilson's "Find out what your name would be if you were born today"

This little questionnaire will provide you with a) the ordinal value of your name for your sex/year of birth and then generate b) a bunch of other names from various decades that share your name's ordinal. Not the most complex example, but it does demonstrate ordinal data.

Me and all the other 4th most popular names for women over the years.
Additionally, this data is pulled from Social Security, which opens up the conversation for how we can use archival data for...not super important interactive thingies from Time Magazine? Also, you could pair up this example with other interactive ways of studying baby name data (predicting a person's age if you know their name, illustrating different kinds of data distributions via baby name popularity trends) in order to create a themed lesson that would correspond nicely to that first/second chapter of most undergraduate stats textbooks in which you learn about data distribution and different types of data.