Though the New York Times has a reputation for being liberal, it had highlighted more Republicans in the day of Reagan than Democrats, but that trend reversed by the mid 1980s.

In an attempt to highlight how often WASPs are profiled, Rap Genius took a look at a few proxies, including mentions of New England boarding schools.

The team looked at name suffixes (III, IV, V, etc.), the number of which have dropped since the 1980s.

Muslims, Buddhists, and Sikhs have seen slightly higher representation over the years, but Hindu numbers in particular have exploded, driven by New York City's changing demographics (and likely the increase in Indian bankers).

Episcopalians have dropped off in The New York Times' wedding announcements since 1995.

The distribution of the Jewish last name Cohen in the weddings section compared with popular Chinese, Indian, and Hispanic surnames.

Of the Ivy League graduates, those who hail from Columbia and Harvard are profiled most often.

In 1999, The New York Times bans the mention of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society, as seen in chart's drop-off.

Though the Seven Sisters used to produce many women profiled in NYT's wedding announcements, their presence has been in the decline since the '90s.

Piercing into the Ivies' stronghold is NYU--not surprising given the location of the university and the NYT.

With the tech boom, employees from Google and Facebook have also been gracing the NYT's wedding announcements.

Before the late '90s, Merrill Lynch employees used to make the weddings section at a much higher rate.

The breakdown by banks that no longer exist.

Lawyers and doctors are also popular subjects. Here's a breakdown of professional degrees.

The number of women keeping their name.

A relatively new trend, same-sex marriages have been increasingly documented in the wedding sections since 2000.

In the early 1990s, the weddings section was four times as likely to profile a 25-year-old in an announcement than a 35-year-old, but by the early 2000s, the likelihood for both was about even, thanks to the rising age of brides and grooms.

Those who reside in Tribeca and the Upper East Side are profiled more frequently than people from other Manhattan neighborhoods.

An Analysis Of The New York Times Wedding Section Says A Lot About Our Changing Culture

Women are keeping their last names, more people are working for Facebook, and gay marriages are on the rise, according to some analysis of the New York Times wedding section.

Anyone who scours wedding announcements in the pages of The New York Times can point to a certain pedigree of the subjects profiled: Wall Street bankers, Ivy League graduates, and WASPs (not necessarily all at once).

To find out if these assumptions hold true, Rap Genius's engineering team created a web app called Wedding Crunchers to show the frequency of certain words used in the Gray Lady's wedding announcements. The results very much affirm some of the perceptions. Yes, many of those profiled are bankers, Jewish, or Episcopalian, and their names might or might not end with a Roman numeral. But there are also unexpected surprises within the data. Though the section has diversified some since the '80s, Hindu representation has skyrocketed, driven by New York City's changing demographics (and likely the increase in Indian bankers).

We've highlighted some interesting trends Rap Genius has found in the slideshow above. Check out Wedding Crunchers to run your own experiments.

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  • survivalist9

    Um, yeah, an increase of .01% (One one-hundredth of a percent) is a "skyrocket".

    I know...statistics are hard because it's math and stuff.