The Name Similarity Vortex

In my previous post I explored the similarity of other names with my own name. However, as much as I’d like to believe, the world does not revolve around me. There are many different names in existence and people are being called many different things other than their given name all the time. This made me think: What if we applied the similarity graph to all names? We can calculate the similarity between all 97310 names in the babynames package and then create a humungous graph to visualise them.

That's not my name

Back in primary school we were once asked to pick a name for ourselves other than our given name. I picked the name Ronald because it was a common name in many different languages (notably English, German and Dutch). With it being common meant the name Ronald would rarely be misspelled or mispronounced. A problem I have since encountered a number of times with my own name. So much so that I started collecting data on it.

RE: creating a blog with blogdown, hugo and github

Amber Thomas wrote a really good blogpost on how to use blogdown, hugo and github to create your own blog. Like so many others I had been meaning to create a personal blog using GitHub Pages and her tutorial came at exactly the right time. I’m familiar with GitHub, git and R so that part was easy. Until I reached the part about creating a subrepository and havin all website files on the master branch.


This post is not about me but about this blog. The reason I started this personal blog is in the title which I have based on a story from the life of Euclid of Alexandria. A Greek by origin, he is best known as the author of one of the greatest mathematical textbooks in history, The Elements. The story goes that during one of his lectures the following happened: A youth who had begun to read geometry with Euclid, when he had learnt the first proposition, inquired, “What do I get by learning these things?