Web Development

Relatedness of Given Names

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Executive Summary

As a result of the author's need for help in finding a given name for the unborn baby, the Nameling, a search engine for given names, based on data from the "Social Web" was born. Within less than six months, more than 35,000 users accessed Nameling with more than 300,000 search requests, underpinning the relevance of the underlying research questions. The present paper proposes a new approach for discovering relations among given names, based on co-occurrences within Wikipedia. In particular, the task of finding relevant names for a given search query is considered as a ranking task and the performance of different measures of relatedness among given names are evaluated with respect to Nameling's actual usage data.

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