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Data-Minded Dad Tracks Baby’s Growing Vocabulary With Cool Charts

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He created a series of charts to document his baby’s first words, from “dada” to “kitty” to “cookie.”

Now that Elliot is 19 month old, his vocabulary has surpassed 100 words.

Jon posted his first word charts on Reddit in the dataisbeautiful subreddit, where they quickly reached the front page.

”All words recorded were said in context (not simply a parroting of sounds) and had to be witnessed by both myself and my wife for confirmation,” Jon explained in a follow-up comment on Reddit.

The dad tracked Elliot’s words in Google Sheets and generated the charts with a program called Tableau Public.

“I did not go by perfect pronunciation, but it had to be about 75 percent there,” he wrote on Reddit, noting that the system was a bit subjective.

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