January 4, 2013

Poll: What Number Am I Thinking Of?

William is doing a little experiment for fun: he asked a bunch of kids at school to guess a number he was thinking of between 1 and 10 (inclusive), and he recorded their answers. He's intrigued by the results, and wants a bigger sample size, and I said I could ask on the blog, so that brings you up to where we are today. I'm putting a poll over to the right. (Avoid looking at comments before you vote.) [Poll closed; see results below.]


37 comments:

Elle said...

First instinct: 7.

Bailey said...

Not gonna lie. I picked my favorite number (8), but if I was going to pick the number I thought he was thinking of, I'd pick 3. But why? Whhhhyyyyy?!

edbteach said...

I had my 10 year old answer : )

Hillary said...

I went with 7 and now I feel so ... common.

badger reader said...

I usually guess 3 (my fav number).

Erin said...

My guy said 7, but the answer is NEVER 7 when I guess these things, so I went with 6. Which is apparently a fairly middle-of-the-road answer. Not the most common, not the least common. I feel boring.

Donna said...

3

Guinevere said...

My anecdotal experience with college students is that they nearly always pick odd numbers, and always avoid the extremes boundaries they're given. (If asked to chose between 1-10 inclusive, they never ever pick 1 and 10, if asked to chose between 0 and 360, they avoid 0 and 360 and anything too close to those.)

shin ae said...

I picked 6.

Linda said...

5

Caitlin said...

7!

But...I think I was swayed by the first comment because I clicked the link from Facebook and it was the first thing I saw, before I read the post. If I might offer a suggestion, perhaps you could put some spaces in the post so none of the comments will be visible just yet?

Love that he's doing this!

Swistle said...

Caitlin- I tried that, but as the comments section expands, comments are always right next to the poll, no matter how many spaces I add.

Haley said...

4!

Anonymous said...

3!!!
Anne L.

Stimey said...

That's kinda freaky that so many of us said 7.

Although I'm not going to lie, the first number that popped into my head was 12, so 7 was only second place.

Angela said...

Does he know that seven is the most statistically common number to be rolled when rolling two dice? I play a lot of board games.

Gigi said...

I went with 8 - but only after much dithering about what number he might be thinking about RIGHT THIS SECOND.

Anonymous said...

3! Very curious to hear his results.

Heather said...

I went with 3.

Angela-that is because opposite sides of dice equal 7.

Mrs. Irritation said...

6

d e v a n said...

I want to say 6, but 7 was my first instinct... so! 7!

Robyn said...

3

CharlieSue said...

4!

Betty M said...

7

Bridget said...

7 - my lucky number

Laura Diniwilk said...

I tend to pick 7 if I'm just asked to pick a number, but avoid it if I'm asked to pick a number someone ELSE is thinking of, since everyone knows everyone picks 7 and the person asking would therefore be tricky and purposely think of something else. So I picked 3. My three year old picked 5 and hubs picked 7 if you want more data points.

Erin said...

5

C C Donna said...

Donna says 1! I wanted a number that I thought no one else would pick....second choice was 10.

Sue said...

10 for me, 7 for my husband

Amanda Conger said...

First thought, 7.

Second thought, 7's overrated, let's go with 3.

M&Co. said...

5

Melanie said...

3

Julia said...

8

Ms. Key said...

I went with 7, and I always do when I pick between 1 and 10, haha. Hilarious! How interesting!

I think it's really need that so many here are also commenting that they've picked 3!

Unknown said...

I actually have some data on this at home somewhere. A group of students in my statistics course did a similar study a couple of years ago. Let me know if you want me to send it to you. I don't have a copy of the report anymore, unfortunately - that would have been really interesting for your son. It was an excellent report - the students came up with some intriguing research questions.

Misty said...

5! (Am I too late?)

Justine B said...

Can't wait to hear the results on this!