# Referent member

*G1 co-creators who have given and received a certain minimum number of certifications.*

### What is the role of a Referent Member?

A Referent Member doesn't have to do anything else than other G1 Currency co-creators. The only reason a Referent Member exists is to calculate the distance rule.

### Who are the Referent Members?

Referent members are the most active and connected people in the Web of Trust. They are G1 co-creators who have received and given a certain number of certifications. Currently, in 2022, this number is a minimum of 6 certifications given and 6 certifications received.

### How much certifications do I need to be a Referent Member ?

The minimum number of certifications given and received needed to be considered as a referent member is evolving as the Web of Trust evolves and grows. There is a mathematical formula that is calculating what this number is.

Simply put, this figure, Y, is calculated by getting the total number of G1 co-creators in the Web of Trust (N) to the power of 1/5, rounded to the upper integer:

**Y[N] = ceiling(Nˆ(1/5))**

Legend:

- Y or Y[N] = Minimum number of received and sent certifications required to be a Referent
- N = Total number of G1 co-creators in the Web of Trust
- Ceiling = Function for rounding a number to the nearest upper integer

Examples:

- If there are between 1024 and 3125 G1 co-creators, then to be considered as a Referent Member, you need to have given and received at least 5 certifications currently valid. Why? Because for 1024 < N ≤ 3125, we get Y[N] = 5 and because 5ˆ5 = 3125.
- For 7776 < N ≤ 16807 we get Y[N] = 7
- For 59049 < N ≤ 100000 we get Y[N] = 10

That's because, by applying the formula Y[N] = (Nˆ(1/5)) (rounded up to nearest integer), we can multiply both sides of the '=' by 1ˆ5, which results in; Y*1ˆ5 = Nˆ(1/5)*1ˆ5 => Yˆ5 = N.

This equation allows us to find the limiting values of N, for each integer value for Y, as follows:

- 5ˆ5 = 3125
- 6ˆ5 = 7776
- 7ˆ5 = 16807
- 9ˆ5 = 59049
- etc.