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The frequency distribution of SB's over apparent visual magnitude emerging from the catalogue of Batten et. al. (1978) shows a very steep decrease of the number of spectroscopically detected SB's already for such bright stars of magnitude 7. Considering the number of all stars in the individual magnitude intervals, we find a kind of completeness parameter of the spectroscopic surveys: If we scale it somewhat optimistically at 100% between 0 and 3 mag, we see a 50% decrease of the completenessdoi:10.1017/s025292110000988x fatcat:drjdhoo5cjdpviahux5p4zlqc4