It’s Not Just Kevin Who Rarely Gets “Très Bien”

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Erik Voeten caught my eye today with a blog post titled “Kevin Rarely Gets ‘Très Bien.'” Well. Apparently students named Kevin are among the worst scorers on the baccalaureat, an exam French students take at the end of high school to qualify for university studies. Voeten uses this to make a point about the naming preferences of various social classes, but something else about the scatterplot below attracted my attention:

The names to the right of the red line are the highest scorers. Notice anything that’s almost entirely missing?

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