Analyses of baby name popularity distribution in U.S. for the last 131 years

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We examine the complete dataset of baby name popularity collected by U.S. Social Security Administration for the last 131 years (1880–2010). The ranked baby name popularity can be fitted empirically by a piecewise function consisting of Beta function for the high‐ranking names and power‐law function for low‐ranking names, but not power‐law (Zipf's law) or Beta function by itself. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Complexity, 2012

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