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Friday, October 27, 2006

Tell me why


HowManyOfMe.com
LogoThere is:
1
person with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Here's an odd service. Is this information that anyone really needs to know?

Besides, it says there's only one of me, but I know there's actually another Jack Bogdanski in Arizona. (Via TaxProf Blog.)

Comments (16)

It says there are 2 Dave Listers in the US. Heck, there are at least 2 in Portland. I am not impressed.

Highly underwhelmed. I saw this the other day, and it insists that there are no other Kerezmans in the country. Considering I fathered two of them, I know better!

I don't need a web site to tell me how many Chris McMullens there are. There's three or four in Oregon (including me).

I've had bill collectors call me thinking I'm one of the other three. That was fun.

Uff da! 28,780 with my name.

Presumably this searches phone book registries, no? Given the number of people who decline to be listed, and then add that to the growing number of people who don't have a land line, and I'd say this information is less accurate with every passing month.

And there are, supposedly, 0 people in the U.S. with my last name.

Don't tell anyone in my family...

Same here - no others with my last name. And to think I didn't even hear about the massive Kotan eradication.

Hmm...38 matches for me if I use "Jonathan", 14 if I use "Jon". Weird.


# of Ted Kulongoski in USA: 0

# of Ron Saxton in USA: 4

G'head, try it yourself.

I think it's a statistical extrapolation, not an actual listing. I didn't spend a long time looking at it, but my guess is it takes the Social Security info on name popularity for first and last names and applies it to the total number of people in the U.S. Then it combines your first and last name and, statistically speaking, estimates how many of you there should be.

So it's really a good illustration of the limits of statistics. If I'm right about the methodology, it would be more accurate to say something like "There is a 99.9% probability that there are fewer than 5 Jack Bogdanski's in the U.S."

# of Tom Potter in USA: 53

# of Randy Leonard in USA: 120

# of Sam Adams in USA: 245

# of Erik Sten in USA: 0

# of Dan Saltzman in USA: 2

Well, they got that right. Sten's on another planet.

Now, lets try that with SS numbers!

Ahora, deja el intento que con números de los SS!

Weird. There are four of me. Hmmm....

Well, according to this site, my wife does not live in the US.

Miles: that was my thought, too. You can get census data on last and first names. My guess is that they're taking the percentage of people with your last name and multiplying it by the percentage of people with your first name, and then multiplying it by the estimated number of people in the country. Something along those lines, anyway.

I did searches for people with my name a couple years ago. Found a professor of Agricultural Economics (male) in Kaintuck and the owner of a smoked sausage boutique in Little Rock (female). They always get a phone call or a Christmas card from me. I also send vacation postcards to the guy who has my house number but lives on SE 12th. I live on NE 12th.

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