Modeling the changing popularity of names

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Abstract

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.

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Authors
  • Bengt Sigurd
  • Mats Eeg-Olofsson
  • Jörgen Ouren
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Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics

Keywords

  • distribution, naming, fashion
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
JournalRask
Volume22
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch
Peer-reviewedYes