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Fitting a Distribution for Length of Last Names in a Mixed African Community in Ghana


Osborn A. Y. JacksonDominic Buer BoyeteyRichard K. BemileEdward Acheampong

Department of Mathematics & Statistics, Methodist University College Ghana (MUCG) 


Abstract

The uniqueness of surnames makes it curious for continuous studies to be made on them. In Ghana surnames are dominantly inherited from the male side except some few ethnic groups that acquire the surname of the mother. The pronunciation and spelling of these surnames are complex because of their length. It is by this reason that designers of computer database programmes may allocate far in excess of needed scarce computer memory for the storage of a surname. The study postulates a probability model that nearly fits the number of characters contained in a surname for over 3263 sampled students from Methodist University College Ghana. The distributions are the Loggamma and the Dagum distributions. Their descriptive properties are very close to the actual values of the length of surnames in the study area.

Keywords: surname, character, distribution.



Citation: Jackson, O. A. Y., Boyetey, D. B., Bemile, R. K., & Acheampong, E. (2013). Fitting a Distribution for Length of Last Names in a Mixed African Community in Ghana. Open Science Repository Mathematics, Online(open-access), e23050440. doi:10.7392/openaccess.23050440

Received: October 2, 2013

Published: October 15, 2013

Copyright: © 2013 Jackson, O. A. Y., Boyetey, D. B., Bemile, R. K., & Acheampong, E. Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

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Jackson, O. A. Y., Boyetey, D. B., Bemile, R. K., & Acheampong, E. (2013). Fitting a Distribution for Length of Last Names in a Mixed African Community in Ghana. Open Science Repository Mathematics, Online(open-access), e23050440. doi:10.7392/openaccess.23050440

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Jackson, Osborn A. Y. et al. “Fitting a Distribution for Length of Last Names in a Mixed African Community in Ghana.” Open Science Repository Mathematics Online.open-access (2013): e23050440.

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Jackson, Osborn A. Y., Dominic Buer Boyetey, Richard K. Bemile, and Edward Acheampong. “Fitting a Distribution for Length of Last Names in a Mixed African Community in Ghana.” Open Science Repository Mathematics Online, no. open-access (October 15, 2013): e23050440. doi:10.7392/openaccess.23050440.

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Jackson, O.A.Y. et al., 2013. Fitting a Distribution for Length of Last Names in a Mixed African Community in Ghana. Open Science Repository Mathematics, Online(open-access), p.e23050440.

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1. O. A. Y. Jackson, D. B. Boyetey, R. K. Bemile, E. Acheampong, Fitting a Distribution for Length of Last Names in a Mixed African Community in Ghana, Open Sci. Repos. Math. Online, e23050440 (2013).

Nature

1. Jackson, O. A. Y., Boyetey, D. B., Bemile, R. K. & Acheampong, E. Fitting a Distribution for Length of Last Names in a Mixed African Community in Ghana. Open Sci. Repos. Math. Online, e23050440 (2013).


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