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Re: OT: non-decimal arithmetic [was Re: Tirelat is essentially a Sangari language]

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 6, 2004, 23:00
On Tue, Jan 06, 2004 at 02:32:31PM -0800, Garth Wallace wrote:
> >output base to 1000, for example, and ask for 32768*2, you will be > >duly told "065 601", a two-bigit number. > > Bigit? I thought the term "digit" was independent of base.
It is, but "bigits" consist of multiple symbols, and have to be separated from each other with some sort of delimiter (space in the above example). For instance, take the number 123456 (decimal). In base 36, it can be written either with digits (2N9C, using the standard convention of A=10, B=11, etc.) or bigits (02 23 09 12). -Mark