## Connotation Counting

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71 - Conway's Constant's Algebraic Degree.

Okay, first, let's talk about algebraic degrees and polynomial.

A polynomial can be represented by constants or variables that form them, and they just need to have an end point. These are all polynomials:

1
x
x2+y3

The first two are monomials, that is, polynomials of one term.

The degree of a (nonzero) monomial is the sum of the exponents of its variables (all monomials are degree 0 because x0=1)

The degree of a polynomial is the maximum of the degrees of its terms after the polynomial has been expanded. For example, the polynomial (1+ square root of 2)⁢x2⁢y3+12⁢x2⁢y2 has degree 5.

And that's all we need.

Let's look at the sequence:

-6 (degree 0)
3x-6 (degree 1)
-6x2+3x-6 (degree 2)
+12⁢x3-6x2+3x-6 (degree 3)
...

Once you expand it, you get to this monster:

x71-x69-2⁢x68-x67+2⁢x66+2⁢x65+x64-x63-x62-x61-x60-x59+2⁢x58+5⁢x57
+3⁢x56-2⁢x55-10⁢x54-3⁢x53-2⁢x52+6⁢x51+6⁢x50+x49+9⁢x48-3⁢x47-7⁢x46-8⁢x45
-8⁢x44+10⁢x43+6⁢x42+8⁢x41-5⁢x40-12⁢x39+7⁢x38-7⁢x37+7⁢x36+x35-3⁢x34+10⁢x33
+x32-6⁢x31-2⁢x30-10⁢x29-3⁢x28+2⁢x27+9⁢x26-3⁢x25+14⁢x24-8⁢x23-7⁢x21+9⁢x20
+3⁢x19-4⁢x18-10⁢x17-7⁢x16+12⁢x15+7⁢x14+2⁢x13-12⁢x12-4⁢x11-2⁢x10+5⁢x9+x7
-7⁢x6+7⁢x5-4⁢x4+12⁢x3-6⁢x2+3⁢x-6

Which is degree 71 and gives this number its connotation.

The result is Conway's Constant:

λ≈1.303577296

But, from where do these numbers come from?

From the Look and Say Sequence.

The look an say sequence is an infinitely growing sequence where, to define the next number, you look and say what you saw in the previous member.

Starting with:

1

What do you see?

A one.

Or, one one. Thus, the next member is:

11.

What do you see?

Two ones.

So the next member is 21.

What do you see?

One two and one one.

So the next member is 1211.

And it goes 1, 11, 21, 1211, 111221, 312211, 13112221, 1113213211...

And it never has a number higher than 3.

When you start with number d, where d is an integer different from 1, you get:

d, 1d, 111d, 311d, 13211d, 111312211d, 31131122211d...

As the sequence.

All starting values will keep growing infinitely except for the degenerate (lol, they do have a term for this!) sequence 22, 22, 22...

Anyway, the terms eventually grow in length by about 30% per generation, or, 30.3577296...% per generation (multiply by λ≈1.303577296...)

In other words, if Ln is the number of digits of the nth member of the sequence, then the limit of the ratio Ln+1/Ln (i.e. how bigger the next number of the sequence can be) is:

Conway's Constant (λ≈1.303577296...)

As n approaches infinity.

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Room temperature (for imperial system thermostats) = 72

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Arecibo's message length (73)

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74: the worldwide average life span of a female* human, rounded to the nearest year.

*
Spoiler:
I don't accept any statistic that divides all human into two sexes, because that is simply not how human bodies work. There are absolutely a statistically significant number of intersex people (who are likely counted as female), let alone how trans people would affect these stats (e.g. I imagine a trans man is about as likely as a cis man to get involved in the sort of violent/risky behavior that tends to skew male life expectencies lower, but he'd also likely be counted as female). But for the purposes of this game...whatever, it's fine.
Robin, she.

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So, I guess we've reached the uninteresting numbers, I didn't expect we'd do it this soon, but I really had to struggle to find something for this one (considering things like "rhenium's number" or "year in which the Temple of Peace was built" or even "3/4 in percentage" very boring.)

75. Diamond Wedding' Year.

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Years are going to come up a lot. I'm thinking "birthday year (within a century) of the U.S." for '76. I haven't looked anything up.

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I thought that'd be cheating (it's one thing to look at what happened in year 76 and report some event, but '76 basically gives you access to any century.)

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I didn't say my thought was valid. Yep, maybe better as 1776.

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It'd probably be valid (thread does not forbid cheating.)

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Maybe but research is encouraged. First search result is an iconic gas station.

Further research says it's the same 76 I said up there. I get my cake and eat it too.

A few contenders for 77 but I'll leave that for the next poster.
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I hope next poster actually does address 76.

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Oh. I meant....:

76. gas station.

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77. Interestate.

I don't like where this is going, but oh well.

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what about 66? what's special about 77 as interstate? if you don't like it then don't go there.

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I didn't like 66 either, but, as I said, numbers seem harder at this level, and I'm looking forward to someone giving a spin for 78.

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78. Tarot (Number of cards in a standard deck)
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See? That was very cool! I wish there was something like that for 79.

Alas, I'll have to go with...

79. Gold's atomic number.

Because, Gold is cool, or something.

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Vytron wrote:
Knee Jerk wrote: These two threads appear to be different. Am I missing an important aspect?

Agreed, to me both threads were unique and fun in their own way, despite this one playing as 12obin hoped h to play like.

I also had a similar idea, but I think 3 similar threads would be too much so I dropped it.
Glad to have you appreciate and join my thread, 12obin. Too bad to hear of the loss of your thread, Vytron. What was it going to be? Maybe we're ready to move onto yours.

12obin wrote:Allow me to throw myself on the grenade that is 69.

edit: I don't think I formulated my post properly for how this thread works. I don't know what the word would be, though. I do not want to be graphic.
I appreciate your attempt anyway. How about the phrase "fifth grader's favorite sex position"? (US, and maybe other, school year naming system.)

Vytron wrote:I didn't like 66 either, but, as I said, numbers seem harder at this level.
You're free to contest any you don't think should count, hopefully also by providing a more valid alternative.

I agreed from the start that it will become more difficult. Sometimes games can be challenging.

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Knee Jerk wrote:What was it going to be? Maybe we're ready to move onto yours.

Mine is based on the proof that all numbers are interesting, which I want to disprove

Anyway, here it is, it has arbitrary significance out from the OP, so I think it'll be the most hard version of this game.

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Inaugural games of the Flavian Amphitheatre

Spoiler:
AD 80 - The Colosseum opens

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inaugural_games_of_the_Flavian_Amphitheatre

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81 - Shogi Playing Board Squares.

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MLB Winning Season

Spoiler:
"In Major League Baseball, the number of games a team must win to secure a winning season is 82."

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83. Second Bar Mitzvah

Apparently, in Judaism, the normal lifespan is considered to be 70 years, so if a man makes it to 83, he gets to be 13 again.
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Thanks. Now I know that!

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On MLB: Or tie it if some other team also has 82 wins?

84 - How many years it takes Uranus to orbit the sun once.

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Vytron wrote:On MLB: Or tie it if some other team also has 82 wins?

No - a winning season just implies the team has more wins than losses - 82 is one more than half the total games in a standard season (162).

85 is the smallest nonzero repetitive digit number in base 4 (1111).

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Get Smart's number.

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"Four score and seven years ago ..." The number of years between the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg.
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88. The number of Constellations visible from Earth.

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"Four score and seven years ago ..." The number of years between the Declaration of Independence and the Battle of Gettysburg.
Well, thanks. I never could figure out that math. I hope that I will now forever remember this. ^_^

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azule wrote:Well, thanks. I never could figure out that math. I hope that I will now forever remember this. ^_^

Seriously. We come here to have fun, and Knee Jerk tricks us into learning things.
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Remember being a kid? Fun WAS learning. I learn at every opportunity, whether it's facts, social, whatever.

I mean, blecch! Learning is like broccoli. Let's get back to the sticks of sugar.

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One never stops learning, and it never stops being fun.

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89. Ditka

As much as it pains me, having been born in Green Bay, Wisconsin, I've gotta go with Mike Ditka. The Chicago Bears retired his jersey number, 89.
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90. Right Angle.

That's correct, apparently all other possible angles are wrong.

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91. American Coins

If you have one of each denomination of American coin less than a dollar (half-dollar, quarter, dime, nickel, penny), you have 91 cents.
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92. Uranium's Atomic Number.

I normally don't do elements, but, come on! It's goddamn Uranium!

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93. Victor Hugo

His last novel was "Quatrevingt-treize", or "Ninety-Three". It specifically concerns the year 1793, during the French Revolution.
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94. ASCII.

Its character set contains exactly 94 graphic non-whitespace characters.

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(I was going to go with Windows 95, but then I remembered ...)

95. Theses

Martin Luther kicked off the Protestant Reformation on Halloween by nailing the Ninety-Five Theses to the door of the All Saints' Church in Wittenburg, Germany. If he'd thought of just five more ways the Catholic Church pissed him off, this would have been an easier number to remember.
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