The Beyond-The-Top-1000 Game
1. Download the Beyond the Top 1000 data, available here: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/OACT/babynames/limits.html
2. Open the file for 2011. You'll see the data recorded like this:
F/M is female/male. The number is the number of babies given that name in the given year. Girls are listed first, with the boy data starting about halfway down in the same file.
3. Pick a random number between 5 and 120.
4. Scroll down to the names with the number you picked. You can do boys or girls or both.
If you had to pick one name from the list, what would it be?
Any other names you like? Any potential sibsets within the set?
Is there anything else interesting in the set? Names you've never heard before? Names that surprise you? Any odd coincidences?
Note: the frequency of each number increases exponentially as you go down, so if you pick 5 there are thousands of names to look over. I set the top of the range at 120 to ensure that there are a decent number of names at each number to choose from, but feel free to explore higher if you want.
I'm hoping that this game will help spotlight some interesting and rarely-used names. Have fun!
Mon, 05/14/2012 - 3:02pm