Forum: Ruby on Rails OT - generating test data...

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David M. (Guest)
on 2006-02-16 13:11
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Hello everyone,

This is a totally non-Rails issue, but I bet a few of you have a
simple solution you could share...

In order to demonstrate scalability for a customer demo, I need to
generate a few thousand "users", consisting of <Given name, Family
name> pairs.  I want this sample to have approximately the same number
of "duplicates" as would happen in real life - there may be half a
dozen "John S." users, for example - and a mix of names that would
be typical of (say) a cosmopolitan Western city.

Is there somewhere I can download a bunch of peoples' names?  I
thought of searching for e.g. a list of US Congress people, but
that'll give me a few hundred names at most, and I'd like to be able
to generate ~10 times that amount.  There's also a predominance of
elderly Caucasian males in that particular sample, and not a lot of
e.g. Chinese women's names.  Maybe it's because it's late at night
here and my brain has frozen up, but I just can't think of where I'd
find such a list.

Help!  Where can I find such a list?

Thanks in advance

Dave M.
Kelly McCauley (Guest)
on 2006-02-16 15:54
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David M. wrote:
> Is there somewhere I can download a bunch of peoples' names?  I

http://www.census.gov/genealogy/names/names_files.html

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Kelly
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