Modeling the changing popularity of names

Bengt Sigurd, Mats Eeg-Olofsson, Jörgen Ouren

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The popularity of Norwegian first names 1880-2000 can be studied thanks to official Norwegian statistics. The most common curve shows a fast rise and slow fall, which can be approximated by a mathematical gamma function. The curve presumably reflects the parents' changing enthusiasm for at particular name.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Free keywords

  • distribution
  • naming
  • fashion


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