Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Just a little bit nerdy

I have been accussed by colleagues of being nerdy and the traits that they ascribe to me are somewhere along the autism spectrum and it's true that I did the Autism Quotient test and scored 32 (the average man apparently scores 17).

And thus I shall embrace nerdiness today and answer the following vital question: "If you type all the powers of 2 from 2^0 to 2^16 on a standard telephone keypad, how many times do you type each number and what pattern does it make?".

Telephone keypad on the left, in the middle the number of times each key is pressed, and a simple shading to show the same data. At the bottom is a simple bar chart showing frequency for each key.
It's pleasing that 7 is only typed once (in 32,768).

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might enjoy my travel book for people interested in science and technology: The Geek Atlas. Signed copies of The Geek Atlas are available.

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