Monday, December 12, 2016

Wilson's "Find Out What Your British Name Would Be"

Students love personalized, interactive stuff. This website from Chirs Wilson over at Time allows your American students to enter their name and they recieve their British statistical doppleganger name in return. Or vice versa.

And by statistical doppleganger, I mean that the author sorted through name popularity databases in the UK and America. He then used a Least Squared Error model in order to find strong linear relationships for popularity over time between names.

How to use in class:
Linear relationship
Trends over time