18 October 2006
We are large, we contain multitudes
As I've noted before, I have a fairly common name. Based on its frequency, I guesstimated there might be as many as 8000 of us; I was apparently just a tad high.
(Via Swirlspice. As I could have told you, she's unique.)
Posted at 9:01 AM to General Disinterest
» How many of me from 111 Brad Street
Dustbury pointed me to this interesting site:
There are 299,968,595 people in the United States of America. If everyone in the U.S. lined up single file, the line would stretch around the Earth almost 7 times. That's a lot of people.
» Non-person. from Progressive Reactionaries
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» Feel Like A Number... from Miller's Time
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Disconcertingly, I don't even seem to exist: "There are zero persons with that name."
The dataset they're drawing from has its drawbacks.
It's not really checking for your full name; it's multiplying the probability of your first name by the probability of your last name, as if they were independent trials, i.e., as though your surname has no effect on the choice of first name.
That's why it says, for instance, that there are 14 persons named "Jesus Rosenthal" in our nation. I dare you to find one.
98.7% of people with my name are male. Shame on the parents of the 1.3%.
It says there are only 2 people with my name. I can Google my name and find more than that. It was fun, but a little futile, IMHO.
I'm one of the ZEROes, even though I know of TWO other people who share my name: one is a third cousin-once removed and the other is the son of a former US Congressman from Kentucky.
Maybe when it's out of beta and, you know, loads and works. I might try Firefox later, but this is rather simple stuff to mess up.
There are 1,009,394 people in the U.S. with the first name Kevin. There are 8,399 people in the U.S. with the last name McGehee.
There are 28 people in the U.S. named Kevin McGehee.
So now you know why I chose my last name as my online handle.
Mine shows up with 9, but I bet 12 of those are misspelled
Five. (NONE if I enter "Mister Snitch".)
And She Who Is Not To Be Named comes up a zero as well.
There are, according to this system, 251 John Salmons-I know of a jazz pianist who's stolen my name, as well as some loser at MIT, among others.