My numerology paper published

12 Apr

Just off the presses “A Test of Numerology: Do Birth Numbers Predict Nobel Prize Winners?” published in The Journal of Articles in Support of the Null Hypothesis. Here is the abstract:

This paper tests a claim made by numerologists – the belief that the digits of a person’s birth date summed to a single integer, called the birth number, has predictive power. In order to test this claim the birth number was calculated for persons winning Nobel Prizes between the years 1901 and 2010. The distribution of birth numbers for prize winners did not differ significantly from chance (χ2 = 4.92, df = 8, p = 0.77). The distribution of birth numbers between winners of different prize categories also did not differ significantly from chance (χ2= 28.9, df = 40, p = .90). These results provide no support for the claims of numerology

You can find the paper here.

4 Responses to “My numerology paper published”

  1. Kathy H April 13, 2017 at 11:51 am #

    Although it seems that your paper is stating the obvious, I do very much agree with your conclusions. People do not know the difference between pseudoscience and science. They are looking for simple solutions to complex situations. I may be missing something, but I think you might have an error on page 51. The example of May 1, 1999 would be 5+1+1+9+9+9. Your example works if the date is May 5, 1999. In the next example you are missing a step. 1+9+9+9=28 not 10 but the next step would be 2+8=10. This does not change you paper or conclusions.

    • jecgenovese April 19, 2017 at 11:56 am #

      You are correct, there is an error in the text it should read May 5, 1999. My apologies.

  2. Enrique Guerra-Pujol April 13, 2017 at 1:21 pm #

    I will read your paper over the weekend. Happy Easter!

    • jecgenovese April 19, 2017 at 11:51 am #

      Thanks! I hope you and family had a great holiday.

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