1571: "Car Model Names"

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby orthogon » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:59 am UTC

rob101 wrote:OK, I waited 24 hours but no one built it, so here's a page where you can check words to your heart's content!


Thank you! I wasn't going to bother "doing the math", but now I don't have to!

Toyota seem to be aiming low with the AURIS (-1.6) and YARIS (-2.04). Given what they say about cars, I look forward to the launch of the Toyota PENIS (-2.48).
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby pkcommando » Tue Sep 01, 2015 11:56 am UTC

rob101 wrote:OK, I waited 24 hours but no one built it, so here's a page where you can check words to your heart's content!


As I suspected, the C0xx (8.47) would be a potential hit. Oddly, so would SUXX (4.97). "Come on down and buy the new 2016 Subaru Suxx!"

I hope I'm not the only one who's been plugging presidential candidates' names into this for some cheap laughs.

And, since no one else has said it yet: xkcd scores a 4.10.

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby speising » Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:52 pm UTC

all of these assume a cause-effect relationship that might be unwarranted. Just because extant model names are distributed that way, it doesn't mean an innovative outlier couldn't be especially successful.
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby peewee_RotA » Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:41 pm UTC

StClair wrote:The infamous Nova clocks in at exactly half that (-24.75).


Reecer6 wrote:You know, Chevy did release a car under that name in America but it flopped because it translated to "Don't go, please. Stop." in English.

Anyways, shouldn't this mean the best name for a car is any number of 'X's in a row and nothing else, save for possibly spaces? Maybe even a single 'X'. I'm sure it'd be easy to do a Google search on that name.



Yay. I was hoping the channel the Nova name with that response. :D
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby Psycix » Tue Sep 01, 2015 6:37 pm UTC

Reecer6 wrote:Anyways, shouldn't this mean the best name for a car is any number of 'X's in a row and nothing else, save for possibly spaces? Maybe even a single 'X'. I'm sure it'd be easy to do a Google search on that name.

Tesla Model X

Musk knows his letters.

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby freezeblade » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:31 pm UTC

My cars all seem to be in the positive:
NX 1600 (Nissan): 2.2
Prizm (Chevy): 1.24
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby orthogon » Tue Sep 01, 2015 7:45 pm UTC

Psycix wrote:
Reecer6 wrote:Anyways, shouldn't this mean the best name for a car is any number of 'X's in a row and nothing else, save for possibly spaces? Maybe even a single 'X'. I'm sure it'd be easy to do a Google search on that name.

Tesla Model X

Musk knows his letters.

Strange to think it was the model T that started it all. Ford picked a pretty unimpressive letter. It's a wonder that mass produced automobiles ever caught on.
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby senor_cardgage » Tue Sep 01, 2015 10:39 pm UTC

LaughingTulkas wrote:The reference to FHQWAGADS is making me WAY more happy than it should.


I came here to say exactly the same thing. In fact, I stopped reading the comic and went straight to the forum. Also, it's fhqwhgads.

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby CharonPDX » Wed Sep 02, 2015 12:48 am UTC

Envelope Generator wrote:The Citroen ZX, at 104.5 the coolest car in the world.


Nope, it scores 3.77.
C = +27
I = -21
T = -18
R = +8
O = -80
E = -45
N = -46
Z = +83
X = +126

Total = 34
9 characters total
34 / 9 = 3.77...

The comic uses the average of all characters, including the manufacturer name.

Now, the Ford Focus is interesting. It scores a ridiculously low -21. But the "sporty" variant, the Focus ZX5, adds the top 3 scoring characters to the end, which makes it jump to 7.83! That's a huge increase for such a small change in the car.

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby ThemePark » Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:16 am UTC

Flotter wrote:Finally, scientific proof that my car, a Mazda MX-5 (avg. value 7.3), is better than my mom's, a Mazda Demio (avg. value -2.96) :)

This should be added to car card games.

"Well, your chosen car may have more doors, more seats, a faster 0-100 time, a faster top speed and better mileage, but mine has a better letter distribution than yours. I win!"

orthogon wrote:
rob101 wrote:OK, I waited 24 hours but no one built it, so here's a page where you can check words to your heart's content!


Thank you! I wasn't going to bother "doing the math", but now I don't have to!

Toyota seem to be aiming low with the AURIS (-1.6) and YARIS (-2.04). Given what they say about cars, I look forward to the launch of the Toyota PENIS (-2.48).

And my dad's car when I was a child, COROLLA (-1,64).

CharonPDX wrote:
Envelope Generator wrote:The Citroen ZX, at 104.5 the coolest car in the world.


Nope, it scores 3.77.
C = +27
I = -21
T = -18
R = +8
O = -80
E = -45
N = -46
Z = +83
X = +126

Total = 34
9 characters total
34 / 9 = 3.77...

The comic uses the average of all characters, including the manufacturer name.

Now, the Ford Focus is interesting. It scores a ridiculously low -21. But the "sporty" variant, the Focus ZX5, adds the top 3 scoring characters to the end, which makes it jump to 7.83! That's a huge increase for such a small change in the car.

Look again. The comic does in fact not use the manufacturers name, but only the model name, as evidenced by the made up names in the comic. So 104.5 is the correct average of the ZX model, but Randall divides that average by 10, as does the app linked to earlier, so the correct answer is 10.45.
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby abcya » Wed Sep 02, 2015 5:53 am UTC

i like all bmw series =))

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby ijuin » Wed Sep 02, 2015 7:37 am UTC

I do not grasp why the numbers 7-9 are considered more "human-like" while the numbers 3-5 are considered more "car-like".

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby Reecer6 » Wed Sep 02, 2015 11:55 am UTC

Actually, to be more accurate, 7 is a very plane-like number, but this analysis doesn't cover all forms of transportation. We obviously need a five way comparison of English - planes - trains - automobiles - bikes.

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby RGB-es » Thu Sep 03, 2015 3:26 pm UTC

rob101 wrote:OK, I waited 24 hours but no one built it, so here's a page where you can check words to your heart's content!


"Car" scores 0.7, so calling a car "Car" could be a hit! Why nobody though about that? "Mazda car" gives 0.93!!

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby orthogon » Thu Sep 03, 2015 4:09 pm UTC

RGB-es wrote:"Car" scores 0.7, so calling a car "Car" could be a hit! Why nobody though about that? "Mazda car" gives 0.93!!

Well, Ford went for the infinitely stupid "Ka" (which is naturally pronounced the same as "car" by the rhotically challenged amongst us). On the other hand, it scores 0.9, so perhaps they knew what they were doing after all.
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby Pfhorrest » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:35 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:rhotically challenged

I like this and am going to steal it.
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby pkcommando » Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:10 pm UTC

orthogon wrote:
RGB-es wrote:"Car" scores 0.7, so calling a car "Car" could be a hit! Why nobody though about that? "Mazda car" gives 0.93!!

Well, Ford went for the infinitely stupid "Ka" (which is naturally pronounced the same as "car" by the rhotically challenged amongst us). On the other hand, it scores 0.9, so perhaps they knew what they were doing after all.

I can see the US advertising potential already. A commercial w/ a guy from Boston who finds out his friend from L.A. just bought a new vehicle - it writes itself! It would hilarious - exactly once.

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby operagost » Thu Sep 03, 2015 8:56 pm UTC

Lincoln Marxism has a pleasing, ironic ring to it.

On a sad note, Oldsmobile has been dead for 11 years, which pretty much makes including it in this exercise pointless.

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby orthogon » Fri Sep 04, 2015 7:57 am UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
orthogon wrote:rhotically challenged

I like this and am going to steal it.

With my compliments. I know you will use it for good.

The wicked, disturbing and sadly short-lived adult-oriented BBC animated sketch show Monkey Dust had a brilliant take on car naming.
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby mathmannix » Wed Sep 09, 2015 8:35 pm UTC

Pfhorrest wrote:
orthogon wrote:rhotically challenged

I like this and am going to steal it.

What a very Presidential thing to say!
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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby airgap » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:28 am UTC

Leave cops in the dust with the new Lotus FuzzJinx! (2.825)

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby airgap » Tue Nov 03, 2015 12:39 am UTC

Be the envy of other software engineers with the new Ferrari Fizzbuzz! (3.04)

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Re: 1571: "Car Model Names"

Postby Steve the Pocket » Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:35 am UTC

senor_cardgage wrote:
LaughingTulkas wrote:The reference to FHQWAGADS is making me WAY more happy than it should.


I came here to say exactly the same thing. In fact, I stopped reading the comic and went straight to the forum. Also, it's fhqwhgads.

Incidentally, I decided to try coming up with a mnemonic to use as an excuse for why I inexplicably always remember how to well that word. I came up with two:

France's Heavy Queen Would Happily Grill A Dead Sow

or

Frank's Hind Quarters Would Heartily Gush Abundant Dung, Sir

Feel free to use either at your leisure or come up with your own variant. Ooh wait I thought of another one already:

For Hours, Quentin Would Happily Grief A Deathmatch Server
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