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TopTenz they do know why 1s are more likely, it's to do with percentages. If you had say a 25% increase a year it would take 4 years for 1 to go last 2. 2 would take 2 years to become 3, 3 would take less than 2 years to become 4, 4 would take 1 year to become 5 ect
benford's law seems really simple to me.
-there ARE no zeros. nothing begins with zero, so one is the default.
-look at the numbers one thru ten, TWO of them begin with a one, so you would expect any number to have a 20% chance of beginning with a one
-then there's the advantage of going first. anyone who has two kids, at some point they had one kid, right?
-then there's economies of scale. think of wolves. a LONE wolf has a number of one. a pack of wolves is more efficient, so it grows to ten or more...those also begin with one... until it has twenty -which is a lot of mouths to feed, less efficient, and the pack splits. so then, if you saw a wolf, chances are you saw one wolf, or 10-19 wolves.
-if it's even more efficient to get even larger, then multiples of ten are easily achieved by doubling in size approx. pi times, making the number a single digit longer, and always a one
The 'sexist hurricane' thing was debunked; analysis figured out by simply swapped Katrina and Sandy, the two outliers, into male names, the results would have skewed the data to make male hurricanes more deadly. Other analysts crunched the data and concluded the results were not robust enough to draw the conclusion the female-named hurricanes kill more people by virtue of their gender.
F1 car + driver must be at a minimum weight. Teams want drivers to loose weight so those kilos can be used as ballast. The ballast is distibuted around the chassis to improve handing . For 2019, drivers will have to weigh at least 80kg. If they're under then weight will be added to their seats, thus drivers shouldn't have to undergo such rigorous and possibly unhealthy eating practices to satisfy a bunch of engineers.
so the suicidal woman was dragged to the hospital where time, effort and resources would be wasted on her maybe causing another injured person not to receive treatment just so she could try to kill herself later????
Jupitor and Saturn are huge. They are also extremely light expecially for the size. if you used timeywimey and timelord science to make jupitor say about the size of sanfranico. It would float on the water. The same for Saturn. Urinous is also pretty cool. It does contain a ton of toxic chmicals...it's uper atmosphere is also largely water. Nasa's laste probe to reach Urinous showed not only is it largely watter, but after it was cleaned, possibly quite drinkable and safer than water in flint. This is because water on earth has so many natural toxins as wells as man made toxins, it's getting increasling hard to clean it enough to be drinkable
the statement aboutwhy hurricanes with male names kill less people is BS .. the hurricanes are named long before they have even a chance for landfall, so nobody is killed yet when the name is given ...
I'm pretty sure there are mathematical studies and explanations for why numbers start with 1 more often than not. Numberphile has videos on every mathematical peculiarity :P I would hazard a guess that it has to do with ranges tending to start from zero. As you raise a range from 0-1 to 0-9 slowly all the previous ranges contain more of the lower numbers, for instance. The ranges from 0-10 to 0-19 slowly increase the starter of 1 dramatically to double even without collating, and much more so when aggregating. 0-20 to 0-29 obviously brings 2 up in the mix, with 1 still remaining on top when aggregated. And so on until 0-99 where everything is looking even except that it has already skewed by aggregation of lower ranges... Then we hit 0-100 to 0-199 and the whole thing continues... Simple.
F-Zero (by the same people as F-1) currently requires teams to have two cars. About halfway through the race drivers get out of the first car and into the second. To encourage fitness (lower weights), the F-Zero rules originally would have required drivers to jump a barrier, run 100 yards on foot, then jump another barrier. By the first race however, they decided it was best to park the first car about 2 feet from and facing opposite from the second. Drivers must still unbelt, remove the steering wheel, jump out, step to the other car, jump in, belt up, and install a steering wheel as fast as possible. So fitness is still an issue.
#2, it also depends on the numberbase used.
for example, in binary (and perhaps unary) every number other than 0 starts with a 1.
And because 1 exists in more numberbases than 2 it also has more chances to start a number than 2, and because 2 exists in more numberbases than 3 it has more chances to start a number than 3... ad infinitum
Afaik the Ptolemaic Pharaoh Cleopatra wasn't related at all to the builders of the pyramids. Aside from that, she was of the line of Ptolemy, one of Alexander the Great's generals, and was named after Alexander's sister, Cleopatra of Macedon. This last fact caused some consternation between my friends and I this past week, which is why I remember it.
Roscoe is my dog This channel does seem to be aimed at Americans, hence the atavistic use of American units too, as well as other references to things like dialing 911 in an emergency, which is really only for North America.
OMG stop trying to be PC. It isn't names that sound more feminine or masculine. They literally go back and forth from male to female. We've gone too far when this is too offensive for people to handle.
Simon, re: #2, you say that it is not known why digit 1 starts disproportionately many numbers. But that's not true, it's a well understood phenomenon. The reason is that many natural numbers roughly follow exponential growth curves (e.g. corporate revenue, expenses, heights of trees, etc.). This is particularly true in finance.
For example, suppose you run a business and in the first month you earn $1. Each month thereafter you earn 5% more. Your earnings start with 1 for 15 months, with 2 for 8 months, with 3 for 6 months, with 4 for 4 months, with 5 for 4 months, with 6 for 3 months, with 7 for 3 months, with 8 for 3 months, and with 9 for 2 months before rolling over to start with 1 again. It is not mysterious.
Just a heads up about Benford's Law. You said that you can use it for baseball batting averages, but because of the way that batting averages work, 2 and 3 would be the most likely premier number. I'm not saying this model or what you picked is wrong, it just may not be the right case.
Number 8: a weight difference of 5kg is quite alot. Pretty sure top models don't get that much of a buffer. Hell, if Chris Froome put on 5 kg, he wouldn't win the Tour de France.
Number 2: Benford's Law is pretty well understood. Hell, you even showed the reasoning in the video. It all has to do with logarithms.
Some of us at work were trained in CPR and I found it amusing when they taught us to sing “Stayin Alive” to keep cadence. But I downright laughed out loud when they said that we could also sing “Another One Bites the Dust” because it had the same cadence.
I hate to be a douche, but will. Cleopatra wasn't Egyptian, she was Greek from the Ptolemy I Soter line of succession after the conquest by and death of Alexander III of Macedon AKA Alexander the Great. Love your show.
Ah, Cleopatra, the most misrepresented woman in all of history. Few people grasp that 1, she wasn't a looker. There are coins of her true face and it was indeed that of a Ptolemy, big ugly nose and all. 2, as just stated, she was GREEK. The Ptolemy line had been ruling Egypt for a long time when she hit the scene. Most of what we think of as fact about Cleopatra is nothing more than people remembering Elizabeth Taylor in her movie role. Its certainly not the only thing tainted by Hollywoods past.
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