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When I click the StackExchange button and select hot questions, there is a number next to the questions. What is that number suppose to represent? I have tried looking at, adding, subtracting and so on... the votes, comments, and number of the views, but nothing adds up.

I can click on the number and it will bring me to the question.

what is this

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This number is the question's hotness. One definition is available on MSO, but my results are off for some reason by what seems to be a constant factor. Still, it should be good enough to get an idea what's considered relevant.

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