## 145 and the Melancoil - Numberphile

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Matt Parker talks us through "Happification" and resulting structures it creates. Includes his fascinating Melancoil!?
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Our earlier Happy Numbers video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC6YObu61_w and the Narcissistic Numbers video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aMtJ-V26Z4

Matt Parker's website: http://standupmaths.com/

A pic of the "melancoil" as drawn in this video is at http://www.flickr.com/photos/numberphile/6477394967

Filmed at the Champagne Bar at St Pancras railway station... thanks to them for having us!

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The original idea for this site actually stemmed from another idea to provide a way of benchmarking the popularity of a video against the general population of YouTube videos. There are probably sites that do this by now, but there wasn’t when we started out. Anyway, in order to figure out how popular any one video is, you need a pretty large sample of videos to rank it against. The challenge is that the sample needs to be very random in order to properly rank a video and YouTube doesn’t appear to provide a way to obtain large numbers of random video IDs.

Even if you search on YouTube for a random string, the set of results that will be returned will still be based on popularity, so if you’re using this approach to build up your sample, you’re already in trouble. It turns out there is a multitude of ways in which the YouTube search function makes it very difficult to retrieve truly random results.

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