Philip Newton (pne) wrote,
Philip Newton

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Is 17 the most random number between 1 and 20?

A couple of days ago, I asked people to pick a number between 1 and 20 (supposed to be inclusive, though perhaps that wasn't quite clear), in order to find out whether 17 is the most random number.

Turns out that indeed, more people picked 17 than any other number: 12 out of 68, or 17.6%. The runner-up was 7, with 8 out of 68, or 11.8%. Most of the other numbers scored 1 or 3 votes.

Since the average number of votes for each number, if the 68 people had truly picked at random, would have been 3.4 if 1 and 20 were counted, or 3.8 if they weren't, having 3 be the most common number of votes is consistent with that. Interesting, then, that 7 and 17 scored so many more votes.

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