Thursday, February 05, 2015

New Irish Times Data Blog via @IrishTimesData. A Must Read for #HDSDA #analytics

A sign of the times and the great interest in "Big Data" is that the Irish Times has announced a new data service with a new blog about all things data. It has already discussed a wide variety of topics such as: clamping in Dublin, water charges, names, asylum rates, and A&E Overcrowding. For students of data analytics this will make for interesting reading and will be a good way to keep up with the latest data news and trends. 

Image source: The Irish Times.
One of the blog posts is about "Is your name going out of fashion?" - so I had to look up "Eugene". Sad to say that my name is not a popular one - it did not make the top 604 boy's names list for the year 2013. However, The Irish Times does provide a link to a spreadsheet containing 1,665 names for the period 2004 - 2013, and "Eugene" is ranked 464th on this list. There are 59 "Eugenes" - 18 of these were in 2004. It has declined in popularity over this time period:

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
 Eugene 18 7 * 7 9 5 4 5 * 4

The dataset is an interesting one to analyse - I'd recommend to my students to review and see what other analyses are available.

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