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MatPlus.Net Forum General Number of problemists worldwide?
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(1) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Monday, Sep 19, 2011 13:41]

Number of problemists worldwide?

Especially interesting would be how that number has changed
over time, but alas, where to find reliable input data?

(This also holds for the number of chess problems.)

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(2) Posted by Jacques Rotenberg [Monday, Sep 19, 2011 14:22]

You want to sell them someting ??
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(3) Posted by seetharaman kalyan [Monday, Sep 19, 2011 17:59]

Sure. Books magazines and Winchloe!
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(4) Posted by Zalmen Kornin [Monday, Sep 19, 2011 21:18]

(= 8+4 )
? ?
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(5) Posted by Jacques Rotenberg [Monday, Sep 19, 2011 22:28]

If I understand ZK well, he means "??"

Well, I must send apologizes.

It was a real "private" joke. Sorry Hauke.

For (very) personnal reasons, it happens to me to get troubled when people are "counted", that's why I felt the need to send a little joke about "the reason why..."

Sorry again.
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(6) Posted by Siegfried Hornecker [Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 00:34]

We feel the same here in Germany, so no need to apologize. Although the protests were not as big as 25 years ago, there were some massive ones when the government decided to count people again.
I still think that Germany never should have a census again, for obvious reasons.

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(7) Posted by Neal Turner [Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 12:50]

I suppose it depends what you mean by a 'problemist'.
If you define it as someone who's interested enough that they subscribe to a problem magazine, then probably not more than a couple of thousand.
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(8) Posted by Vilimantas Satkus [Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 14:33]

There are only 579 problemists in the world.
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(9) Posted by Hauke Reddmann [Tuesday, Sep 20, 2011 19:03]

@Jacques: I dish out so much, it would be pathetic if I couldn't
take a harmless joke myself. But no, I don't intend to spam anybody.
My opus majorum isn't even remotely written. (If I remember
correctly, someone, not necessarily a problemist, asked when
his "Best of" collection comes, answered that he intended to
make his best yet. :-)

@Neal: "Problemist" as in "composed at least one problem".

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(10) Posted by Ian Shanahan [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 09:08]


How did you arrive at this figure? (I'm not disputing it, but I am curious to understand your reasoning.)
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(11) Posted by Joaquim Crusats [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 14:48]

579... a kind of joke.
By the way, I checked it again today: still 579!
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(12) Posted by Cornel Pacurar [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 16:02]

Indeed, but there are a few registered members with two and even three user accounts! :)
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(13) Posted by Vilimantas Satkus [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 20:32]

Yes of course, there are 579 registered members in Mat Plus list. If the person isn`t in the Mat Plus he doesn`t exist. If somebody doesn`t understand (or accept) he is a problemist, ne isn`t indeed.
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(14) Posted by Dan Meinking [Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011 22:01]

Perhaps the title of this thread should be revised: "Number of relevant problemists worldwide?" :-)
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