On the Popularity of Certain Numbers.

 2006-12-03 06:36:47 +0000 personal

I searched for each number between 1 and 500 on Google, and recorded the (estimated) number of hits. I’m not aware of anyone having done this before; in any case, I made a chart:

Google search results for numbers 1 to 500

Click on the above chart to see a bigger version. You can also look more closely at the first hundred numbers, or look at the above data with a log scale on the y-axis.

I have some observations and questions:

You can download my comma-separated data file if you would like to play with the data yourself. Note, however, that I got this data from Google’s SOAP interface, which, for reasons I don’t understand, doesn’t give the same number of “estimated hits” as the web page interface.