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    Even a Prime Person who is not Odd can read this

    By Shriram Venkatraman, on 12 November 2012

    Photo: cogdogblog (Creative Commons)

    Ok! This post is just a quick example on how a purely statistical Facebook Analysis might be of least value to a Social Science Researcher.

    The following is numerical information produced based on the number of Facebook friends for a team of eight internet researchers (from information obtained on 11 November 2012).

    1. 87.5% had even number of friends
    2. While the minimum number of friends and the maximum number of friends are even numbers, the 81.25th percentile rank is an odd prime number.
    3. The Average number of friends and the median number of friends are Odd numbers. While the average is a prime number, the median is not.
    4. The sum of the total number of friends is 2939, which is again an odd prime number (goes with the simple Arithmetic rule that if you add an even number and an odd number then you end up with an odd number). But the chance of it being a prime number is impressive.
    5. When the odd prime number of friends was added to every other even number of friends to see if the sum would be an odd prime, it resulted that there was only a 25% possibility.
    6. None of the number of friends constitutes a Perfect Square
    7. None of the number of friends constitutes a Perfect Cube
    8. The sum of the difference between the closest perfect square to each of the person’s friends was an odd prime number.
    9. The Range is an even number and is not a perfect square.

    Furthermore, the number of facts in this post is an Odd Perfect Square!!!