What is your Favorite Number?
Just got back from a run where I listened to a great RadioLab story
"It’s hard to think of anything more rational, more logical and impersonal than a number. But what if we’re all, universally, also deeply attuned to how numbers … feel? Why 2 is warm, 7 is strong and 11 is downright mystical..." http://www.radiolab.org/story/love-numbers/
They interviewed Alex Bellos who did a great poll http://pages.bloomsbury.com/favouritenumber asking asking people about what their favorite number - and why. He got 30k responses!
His 'full list can be downloaded here'.
This got me thinking - what would the aggregated user feedback look like on a particular number? Would the "Whys of the Fives" contain meaning? And what viz can be done beyond wordclouds?
Anyway - this is neat stuff - I've reached out to Alex (probably a long shot) to see if he may be open to doing a test run on one number - e.g. see if there is "Raw" data behind the aggregated file, that might be interesting - e.g. how often do people use "symmetrical" with "8" or ; May also poke around with some screen scraping from various mathy-web sites.
If you've got any ideas (or data) - or are interested in collaborating - let me know!
(PS - Mine is 3, closely followed by 8 and 12)
*data source bellos site above
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