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The Greatest Data Set of All Time: Dog Names in NYC

Look, no matter what your job is, you are not going to work for eight soild hours today. If you work in front of a computer you are probably already slacking off. You are reading this after al! The quantity of time in your day that you will spend steadily engaged at the task for which you are being paid may vary—from day to day and job to job—but the point is this: You should spend, an hour or two looking at these dog names. Immediately.

The data was compiled by New York City’s department of health and organized into this neat visualization, which allows you to scroll over the conglomeration of bubbles, each of which represents the popularity of a dog name in the city. The biggest bubbles represent the most common names: Bella (1995), Max (1153), Charlie (856), Coco (852), Rocky (823), and so on.

But it’s a lot more fun to just search the database itself and create your own comparisons. For example, there are 15 dogs name Dog, 28 named Puppy, five maliciously named Cat, one named Fish, and another one named, horrifyingly, Phish. There are 16 named Bagel and two named Bagels.

There are many other ways to slice the numbers:

I share my name with 53 dogs by the way.

Original post by Clayton Purdom.


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