In line with a previous post I decided to have some more fun with names.
I used the census names data to generate 200 names by taking a random first name and a random last name and combining them. The first names were chosen 50/50 from the male and female lists. All the random choices were done uniformly so that I’d get “interesting” names instead of a bunch of Dave Joneses.
For each of the names I asked five mechanical turkers to judge the person to whom the name belongs on six axes:
- Hero or villain?
- Trustworthy or untrustworthy?
- Attractive or unattractive?
- Sophisticated or naive?
- Powerful or weak?
- Outgoing or reserved?
There were a few methodological issues that I need to sort out at some point. And I’m going to keep the full results secret for a little longer but I thought I’d share a few quick aggregate results:
- Most heroic – Kurt Rollin
- Most Villainous – Toney Prus
- Most outgoing – Jeanie Bainard
- Most reserved – Jesusita Fondaw
- Most trustworthy – Laureen Hodgen
- Most untrustworthy – Robbie Holck
- Most sophisticated – Cecille Legat
- Most naive – Ramon Smialowski
- Most powerful – Rich Keaty
- Most weak – Bonnie Wurz
- Most attractive – Whitney Okano
- Least attractive – Freddy Doughtery
How do you guys and gals read these names (and other ones)? Let me know in the comments!