### The Great Occurrence of One

Benford’s Law of Newcomb: In data sets, the number “1″ naturally occurs more frequently than any other number. Frank Benford, Simon Newcomb, Falsified Greek Erozone data

Benford’s Law of Newcomb: In data sets, the number “1″ naturally occurs more frequently than any other number. Frank Benford, Simon Newcomb, Falsified Greek Erozone data

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I feel bad for not watching any Rocket Boom since Molly left, I'm missing out, it's still just as interesting. I apologize.

2 can be just as bad as one.....

thought bout numberphile the whole time...

But if 2 was 1 then 2 would have the greatest occurrence. I wonder if this would work with another base such as 20.

It's okay. The good news is that you came back ^.^

Those numbers are not related whatsoever. This is referring to numbers that are the result of something, not numbers that someone decided to use for a reason.

dude i juuuuust saw this on numberphile

in all reasonablility everything since the cheeseburger buyout has been poop untill this new girl got here

amazing, and...?

I just meant to say that it was an unexpected coincidence.

That's true DeeLightful Co but did you ever stop to think why it's used so often in pricing. I think it's because since the number 1 is so common and the number 9 is so rare that subconsciously we see a item that's priced like 9.99 or 1999.99 as rare and valuable do to the large amount of 9's in the price.

That's true DeeLightful Co but did you ever stop to think why it's used so often in pricing. I think it's because since the number 1 is so common and the number 9 is so rare that subconsciously we see a item that's priced like 9.99 or 1999.99 as rare and valuable do to the large amount of 9's in the price.

it's not a person but a group. They run a youtube channel about math and numbers. They don't have a monopology on the subject, but their video was uploaded 2 days ago. This video mentions a lot of what was said in very similar manner. However, it is a video explaining history and as such it will obviously seem similar. That being said, timing (especially since this is a very very old law) makes it suspicious. [the coincidence might just be super huge, but it's doubful]

This was put together last week but was just uploaded today.

Rocketboom has 1,256 videos, coincidence? I think not!

And I'm sure Numberphile's video on it was filmed and put together quite a while before it was uploaded too.

i considered disliking so there'd be a 1 in its number but I just can't do it - like

Looks like there are 100's of videos on YT on this topic. My guess it that most were upload on days that start with a one.

Apparently Three Dog Night didn't know about Benford's Law of Newcombs. One is now the least lonely number that you'll ever do.

Apparently Three Dog Night didn't know about Benford's Law of Newcombs. One is now the least lonely number that you'll ever do.

1 doesn't show up that much in Pavo & Zany's song 99.9.

From the number 20-99, there's way less occurrence of 1.

As a numberphile subscriber, this is old news...

As a numberphile subscriber, this is old news...

I love Rocketboom, but this episode is bull.

I love Rocketboom, but this episode is bull.

For binary numbers (with 2 digits) the ratio of the number of 1 to the number of digits in all the numbers less than k>0 is greater than half but approaches one half as k goes to infinity. The same may be true for decimal numbers but with a limiting value of one tenth since there are 10 digits.

For binary numbers (with 2 digits) the ratio of the number of 1 to the number of digits in all the numbers less than k>0 is greater than half but approaches one half as k goes to infinity. The same may be true for decimal numbers but with a limiting value of one tenth since there are 10 digits.

Numberphile did this last week... And bettet

Numberphile did this last week... And bettet

Your videos are shit

Your videos are shit

radio lab

radio lab

I understand what your saying, it just seems like a silly thing to make a video about. I would think this is all common sense.

I understand what your saying, it just seems like a silly thing to make a video about. I would think this is all common sense.

What about it makes you say this?

What about it makes you say this?

OMG KEGHAN IS SO MUCH CUTER WHEN SHE'S TALKING ABOUT MATH!!!

Also, I love you numberphile! yay!

OMG KEGHAN IS SO MUCH CUTER WHEN SHE'S TALKING ABOUT MATH!!!

Also, I love you numberphile! yay!

thank you so much for this :)

10011001101100010011011101100011110101010001110010101110101010100101010101110011111001101011010100I1Want1to1see1your1boobies10010010010100001010100100010100101010100111100010101000101010010111001001000101000101010010101110010101001010101000010101001001010010001010100010100101011100101001001010100010101010101010111010010100101000010101010010100010100101001111001010010011110010010100101001000101010010010010100010101001010001010010101001001010010100101001010001010101010010101010101010010101010111

There is a name for this type of coincidence right? Where there is an idea that is pursued by different parties independently of each other.

I always point this out in regards to films/movies:

- 'Dante's Peak' and 'Volcano' both (running from volcanoes) released in 1997.

- 'Armageddon' and 'Deep Impact' both (asteroid collision with Earth) in 1998.

- 'Red Planet' and 'Mission to Mars' both (Mars missions) in 2000.

Those are the ones that stick out in my memory but I'm sure there are more.

There is a name for this type of coincidence right? Where there is an idea that is pursued by different parties independently of each other.

I always point this out in regards to films/movies:

- 'Dante's Peak' and 'Volcano' both (running from volcanoes) released in 1997.

- 'Armageddon' and 'Deep Impact' both (asteroid collision with Earth) in 1998.

- 'Red Planet' and 'Mission to Mars' both (Mars missions) in 2000.

Those are the ones that stick out in my memory but I'm sure there are more.

Actually 0 occurs more often. Think of all the things that don't exist, they are the representations of 0.

Werewolves = 0

Crystal Monkeys = 0

A man named Pie Laura Steveson = 0

Actually 0 occurs more often. Think of all the things that don't exist, they are the representations of 0.

Werewolves = 0

Crystal Monkeys = 0

A man named Pie Laura Steveson = 0

that is freakish!

Checked out some of your videos, interesting stuff! :)

Checked out some of your videos, interesting stuff! :)

Ants and Bugs Life

In the first 10 numbers 1 starts with 1 and 1 starts with 9

In the first 100 numbers 12 starts with 1 and 11 starts with 9

In the first 1000 numbers 112 starts with 1 and 111 starts with 9

In the first 10 numbers 1 starts with 1 and 1 starts with 9

In the first 100 numbers 12 starts with 1 and 11 starts with 9

In the first 1000 numbers 112 starts with 1 and 111 starts with 9

No.

Report cards don't span multiple orders of magnitude, so Benford's law doesn't apply.

Indeed it does, since log base 2 of 2 is 1

Indeed it does, since log base 2 of 2 is 1

Are any two distances ever truly the same ? Or any two temperatures ? No. We can only approximate, because the atoms will be holding variation in charge in the case of temperature, and even our most precise instruments are not infinitely precise. Mathematics is merely a logical extension of generalization, even in measurement.

Are any two distances ever truly the same ? Or any two temperatures ? No. We can only approximate, because the atoms will be holding variation in charge in the case of temperature, and even our most precise instruments are not infinitely precise. Mathematics is merely a logical extension of generalization, even in measurement.

Didn't I just see this a couple days ago on numberphile?