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# What number come next in this pattern 10 1 9 2 8 3?

Updated: 4/28/2022

Wiki User

15y ago

7

Footnote: On the assumption that the segment shown will continue in the same pattern, 7 is obviously the answer sought. However, the statement of the problem gives no reason to make that assumption. Consequently, the segment may, in fact, continue as a repetition ( 10 1 9 2 8 3 10 1 9 2 8 3...) , in which case, the next numeral is 10. Furthermore, the segment may actually continue 3 3 3 3 3...in which case the next numeral is 3. Or--the segment may continue in any pattern at all, in which case, any numeral may be the actual element that is called for.

In a word, the problem as stated does not allow a unique "correct" answer.

(Credit Ludwig Wittgenstein for the analysis of problems of that kind.)

Teachers and those who score standardized tests will not be amused by any effort to invoke that reasoning as an excuse for your not being able to come up with the expected answer: 7.

Wiki User

12y ago

Wiki User

15y ago

The number that comes next is 7.