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[OQSPS] Name features and social status

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Journal:
Open Quantitative Sociology & Political Science

Authors:
Emil O. W. Kirkegaard

Title:
Name features and social status: an exploratory study of 1,890 Danish first names

Abstract:
A dataset of the relative social status of 1,890 first names of persons living in Denmark was obtained from a previous study. Linguistic features were generated based mostly on n-grams augmented by regex and each name was scored on each feature. The list of features were then pruned based on their presence in the data such that features that never or almost never appeared in the data were discarded. An initial check using t-tests showed strong signal in the features taken as a whole and that this was due mostly to low status names being more similar. LASSO regression was then used to select a subset of features with above chance level validity. Finally, an OLS model was fit based on the LASSO chosen features. This model showed a cross-validated R2 of .40, equivalent to a correlation of .63. It was concluded that subtle linguistic features in first names have substantial validity for predicting relative social status in Denmark.


Key words:
first name, social status, linguistics, computational linguistics, variable selection, n-gram

Length:

~1300 words, ~5 pages.

Files:
https://osf.io/adgwd/

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[OQSPS] Name features and social status - by Emil - 2016-Nov-24, 05:07:03
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by hvc - 2017-Jan-03, 14:24:57
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by Emil - 2017-Jan-09, 01:41:00
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by Emil - 2018-Sep-03, 20:50:33
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by Dr. g - 2018-Nov-01, 06:07:47
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by JoseL - 2018-Nov-03, 22:48:31
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by Emil - 2018-Nov-04, 04:47:08
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by Dr. g - 2018-Nov-08, 17:52:35
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by JoseL - 2018-Nov-10, 23:12:34
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by Emil - 2018-Nov-11, 00:10:27
RE: [OQSPS] Name features and social status - by Dr. g - 2018-Nov-18, 04:24:02
 
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