Which Number is Your Favorite Number?

Dr. Hakan Oztunc
5 min readJun 19, 2021

All numbers are favorite numbers, but some of them are more favorable than others.*

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Researchers asked thirty thousand participants the same question: “What is your lucky number?” in the survey. So, everyone has a chance to see that their lucky number is how much popular. As I discussed in my preceding article, almost 10 % of the participants answered it was ‘7’, which was the most preferred number in the survey. When the 30 most preferred numbers are enlisted, the number 3 comes second after 7, then numbers 8 and 4 follow them. What are the unique features of these numbers, which are the most preferred? I have pointed out the remarkable properties of some of these numbers.

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Almost 7 % of participants have chosen number 8 in the survey. It is plausible in many far eastern cultures that the number 8 is considered a lucky number to the point of obsession. Number 8 means a good chance in Chinese culture because the Chinese word for “eight” sounds like “wealth.” Also, turned on its side, it represents the infinity symbol — which means “forever.” The Beijing Olympics opened on 8/8/08 at 8.08 pm — not a coincidence! Let it not be made for China’s success forever, okay, at least for that year…

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Dr. Hakan Oztunc

Statistics Professor, Math Lover, Teaching @UOFT. Author of numerous Math Novels. Always looking to make math fun for everyone. MyBook: https://amzn.to/2M5F5Nz