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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

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January 23, 2013 • 12:27 am | Permalink

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  • gerod11 says:

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

  • David Russell says:

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

  • RectalExaminationBot says:

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

  • Kestko says:

    thought bout numberphile the whole time...

  • chocomalk says:

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

  • MrSamuel745 says:

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

  • MrSamuel745 says:

    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.

  • piratecheese13 says:

    dude i juuuuust saw this on numberphile

  • piratecheese13 says:

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

  • matzklim says:

    amazing, and...?

  • Mario Marroquin says:

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

  • Dan76135 says:

    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.

  • Dan76135 says:

    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.

  • MyInterwebs says:

    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]

  • spacerocketrobot says:

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

  • randygandy says:

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

  • mindstormmaster says:

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

  • katsujinken10 says:

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

  • spacerocketrobot says:

    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.

  • LeastComicStanding says:

    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.

  • LeastComicStanding says:

    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.

  • PhaserRave says:

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

  • bigflytrap says:

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

  • nallenito says:

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

  • nallenito says:

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

  • whateverfin says:

    I love Rocketboom, but this episode is bull.

  • whateverfin says:

    I love Rocketboom, but this episode is bull.

  • httprover says:

    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.

  • httprover says:

    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.

  • discofudge says:

    Numberphile did this last week... And bettet

  • discofudge says:

    Numberphile did this last week... And bettet

  • LookBehindYou999 says:

    Your videos are shit

  • LookBehindYou999 says:

    Your videos are shit

  • Alexander Zamani says:

    radio lab

  • Alexander Zamani says:

    radio lab

  • Jennifer JC says:

    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.

  • Jennifer JC says:

    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.

  • jimjam485 says:

    What about it makes you say this?

  • jimjam485 says:

    What about it makes you say this?

  • Weirdgus says:

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

    Also, I love you numberphile! yay!

  • Weirdgus says:

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

    Also, I love you numberphile! yay!

  • yo252yo says:

    thank you so much for this :)

  • VeronicasMidget says:

    10011001101100010011011101100011110101010001110010101110101010100101010101110011111001101011010100I1Want1to1see1your1boobies10010010010100001010100100010100101010100111100010101000101010010111001001000101000101010010101110010101001010101000010101001001010010001010100010100101011100101001001010100010101010101010111010010100101000010101010010100010100101001111001010010011110010010100101001000101010010010010100010101001010001010010101001001010010100101001010001010101010010101010101010010101010111

  • RealNameLap says:

    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.

  • RealNameLap says:

    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.

  • kiege says:

    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

  • kiege says:

    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

  • Marcelo Colin says:

    that is freakish!

  • TheLedFloyd69 says:

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

  • TheLedFloyd69 says:

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

  • zasabiibasaz says:

    Ants and Bugs Life

  • zasabiibasaz says:

    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

  • zasabiibasaz says:

    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

  • KILLATODDZILLA1 says:

    No.

  • eIemenno says:

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

  • Jontman42 says:

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

  • Jontman42 says:

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

  • formless777 says:

    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.

  • formless777 says:

    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.


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