Jul 29, 2007
One of the many gratifications of blogging is to connect with others who have similar interests; so it has been fantastic to receive user submissions (though admittedly I don't check my inbox frequently enough). The thoughtfulness of these nominations continues to impress me.
Evan sent in 254 charts he created after looking at the post on baby names. An example is shown on the right.
He is particularly interested in the question of names that are given to both males and females.
For example, the bottom chart shows that Jordan is primarily a male name, and saw a period of growth followed by decline, although the decline has been more severe on the male side than the female side.
It's a nice touch to label the most recent year. I'd also label the values for the most recent year on the axes.
Evan also offers the following solution to the scaling problem we identified in the original WSJ chart:
My solution was just to put two charts on each chart. One at a fixed scale for every chart to give a sense of size and one at a variable scale to better show the shape of the plot.
In other words, for less popular names, the top chart would look much more compressed.
There are many more charts to sift through on his site. Evan welcomes suggestions.