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# Statistical Inference for Two Populations–Independent Samples

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## Abstract

William Shakespeare penned the famous quote “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet”. Does this sentiment carry over to names given you by your parents? Christenfeld et al. (1999) were not so sure after studying the possible effect that the initials of your name may have on your life expectancy! Dividing names into those with “bad initials”, such as DED, SIC, UGH, ROT, etc., and those with “good initials”, such as GOD, HUG, VIP, WIN, etc., they studied California death certificates to see if there appeared to be a difference in age at death for people with initials in these two general categories.

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