It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a Dorky Poll here, but I’m pretty fried at the moment, so here’s a kind of mathematical personality test: two numbers that do not uniquely define a sequence, but suggest some possibilities that reveal your innate character type and/or appropriate career path:

Feel free to offer arguments for your chosen answer in the comments, and/or to speculate about what the hidden meanings of the options are. I’ll explain the logic some other time.

(This might be too abstract for a really great Dorky Poll, but I’m just punchy enough to find it amusing, so what the hell…)

@Evan: Sequence 1 is quasi-geometrical: A_n = 10^(n+1) + 1. Unless you are talking about counting zeroes: the second sequence is A_n = 10^(2^(n-1)) + 1.

The third and fourth are arithmetical, but if you choose option 4, you might be a frustrated computer scientist.

What does it say about me that I understood the rationale behind the fourth option (add 4 in binary) before I understood the third option (add 900 in decimal)?

By the way, I used to hate (still do) those “spot the pattern” puzzles in math class. Basically for the very reason this poll points out – the “correct” answer often depended on what the person putting them together was thinking. And don’t get me started on those asinine “If 3+4 equalled 9, what would 6+2 equal?” problems.

I choose to treat these as non-objective, geometric patterns. As such, the most correct choice should have been 101. Since that was not provided as a possible answer, I chose 1001 as the next-best choice to represent a printing error.

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