I’ve taken a particular interest in names since I’m thinking of a name for my to-be-born son. I did a little digging through the Social Security Administration names database, which lists all names given to baby boys and girls in America1. I began this exercise to just get a quality list of ideas, but my curiosity got the better of me. Name Trends Since 1950 What was the most popular boy name since 1950?
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I’m going to be a dad (again) soon. I don’t want my boy to have a common name, so I gotta do my research. I’m curious: how do names trend over time? If I pick a name today, will it be popular tomorrow? Step 1: The Social Security Administration reports all baby names each year in the United States, given the name occurs at least 5 times.
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R users fall in love with ggplot2, the growing standard for data visualization in R. The ability to quickly vizualize trends, and customize just about anything you’d want, make it a powerful tool. Yet this week, I made a discovery that may reduce how much I used ggplot2. Enter plot_ly(). For this post, I assume that you have a working knowledge of the dplyr (or magrittr) and ggplot2 packages.
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Bryan Whiting

father, innovator, data scientist

Data Scientist

Washington, D.C.