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Do People Whose Names Begin with “D” Really Die Young?

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It has been reported that professional baseball players whose first names begin with the letter “D” tend to die relatively young (E. L. Abel & M. L. Kruger, 2010). However, the statistical evidence for this claim is based on selective data and a statistical test that ignores important confounding influences. A valid test applied to more comprehensive data from the same source does not show a statistically significant relationship between initials and longevity. In addition, data for the years 1960 through 2004 for 6.7 million White, non-Hispanic California decedents do not replicate the claim that D's die young.
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Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Economics,Pomona College, Claremont,California, USA

Publication date: February 1, 2012

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