Steemit Vest Power - Population distribution

3년 전

Thank God Its Friday! So, I am keeping my analysis short and terse.

Genesis of Idea:

In the comments of my post regarding Steemit's Churn rate; users @dune69, @igster and @bronevik were interested about the distribution of vesting power with @dune69 particularly mentioning about VP distribution being a replication of the world's economic distribution. You can find their comments in the link below:

The Method

I have based my chart upon their suggestions to check the how Vesting power is distributed in the network. The data for today's chart was easy to gather as it involved pinging only the Accounts table for data. I am not getting into the 'identify/exclude the bots' debacle in this post. Primarily, because even the bots are the part of the network and have created VESTS. I am going ahead with the established hierarchy of users based on VESTS. New users can find the classification below:

Vesting BalanceCoinage
Above 1000 MVestsWhale
Above 100 MVestsOrca
Above 10 MVestsDolphin
Above 1 MVestMinnow
Below 1 MVestPlankton

The Charts

Without further ado, below is the chart on distribution of Vesting Power in correlation with the size of the user base:
Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 15.39.33.png

To compare the chart with the world distribution of wealth by population, I referenced data from Credit Suisse's data card, below is the chart we get from this data:
Screen Shot 2017-09-08 at 15.39.51.png


The only inference I can think of is that Whales, Orcas and Dolphins are first world citizens with 98% wealth among them. Planktons' data looks like Africa's data. Minnows look like developing nations. Planktons form 98% of the user base having 2% of Vesting Power. Steemit is truly an oligarchy by numbers and wealth as of now!

STEEM Power per user:

I did a quick calculation to find the average STEEM power each user will have in its group.

GroupAverage STEEM Power
Whale3025012.81 SP
Orca128020.1424 SP
Dolphin14546.8316 SP
Minnow1426.6212 SP
Plankton12.9227 SP
Full Group536.9342 SP

Have a nice weekend!

####References :
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Vest/SP calculator -
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Top Steem Oligarch should vote this. I've voted, but my vote only worth $0.01:(
This hard work should earn more. BTW, may I use some of your data for my post and give my views from it?


You are always welcome to use this data. Not mine anyway, I am just querying 😊

This post has been included in steemitbc weekly rap. you can check it out here


Thank you!

So the average SP of all the users is ~537 SP as I understand it. That would give it a worth of 8 USD cents.

8 cents for every vote would probably be significant in the developing world, and is quite likely a level that could be motivating for new users, and drive the exchange rate up...


Hoping for it to happen!

you have been busy. another good post. its good to see steemit data mashed with non steemit data.


Thanks! Had to study some economics for this post!

Just now noticed this post of yours when looking through mentions. I'll vote your newer posts instead to reward for your work on this.

You should do updates on this every 3-6 months or so to see where are we going with this.

Thank you!


Yes, I intend to do so. Need to see how the recent explosion in enrollment plays out.

If you are interested in knowing which users are bots etc. then have a look av @steemreports latest post, he has done a pretty good job already.


I will look into it after next week when I get a regular access to the desktop. Right now on the road.

How do I find out my MVests?


Check at BTW there's a user called username. Vesting Shares is your target.


793,872.590715 Vests.

What does this mean and how are they acquired?

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