This month I'm doing Mad-Cool-Math Nuggets to spread the word that math is more than arithmetic.
Image courtesy: FrodOx
G is for Graphs With Benefits. Whoa! Who knew, right?
This title comes from the article The Twelve Most Controversial Facts In Mathematics on the website Business Insider. One of those twelve facts is that your friends are probably more popular, on average, than you, which means they probably have more, um, notches on their bedpost than you, if you get my drift. It also means their blogs have more followers as will their Twitter accounts--something to keep in mind as you flit from blog to blog during this challenge.
As an introvert, this doesn't surprise me in the least. Of course my friends have more friends than me. But what if you don't consider yourself an introvert? What's going on?
The Business Insider article (link above) is quick and easy to follow, but I know you're busy, so the key here is your super-extroverted pal or pals. (Alex Cavanaugh, I'm looking at you. Or Mini-Alex. Isn't that scavenger hunt a blast?)
Anyway, as soon as you know (or hook up) with one of these super-popular folks, it skews the average number of friends of your friends (with or without benefits) above the number of your friends. Got it?
No? Okay, here's a little example. Say you have 3 friends, Mike, Amy, and Joe. Mike has 3 friends, Amy has 1 friend (you), and Joe has 20 friends. So the average number of friends of your friends is (3+1+20)/3 = 8. And 8 is more than your 3 friends.
So which are you? The introvert with a few friends or the extrovert behind this mathematical phenomena?
This week, I'm giving away one of my short stories, Ursa Major, for free. It takes place in a small, Maine town, the main character is a social outcast, and there's a fantasy element involving bears. The author most likely to have influenced this work is
(a) Stephen King
(b) Salmon Rushdie
(c) Margaret Mitchell
Thanks for playing!