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A numeral system (or system of numeration) is a writing system for expressing numbers; that is, a mathematical notation for representing
number A number is a mathematical object A mathematical object is an abstract concept arising in mathematics. In the usual language of mathematics, an ''object'' is anything that has been (or could be) formally defined, and with which one may do deduct ...

number
s of a given set, using digits or other symbols in a consistent manner. The same sequence of symbols may represent different numbers in different numeral systems. For example, "11" represents the number ''eleven'' in the
decimal numeral system The decimal numeral system (also called the base-ten positional numeral system, and occasionally called denary or decanary) is the standard system for denoting integer and non-integer numbers. It is the extension to non-integer numbers of the Hi ...
(used in common life), the number ''three'' in the
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(used in
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computer
s), and the number ''two'' in the
unary numeral system The unary numeral system is the simplest numeral system to represent natural numbers: to represent a number ''N'', a symbol representing 1 is repeated ''N'' times. In the unary system, the number 0 (zero) is represented by the empty string, that i ...
(e.g. used in
tallying
tallying
scores). The number the numeral represents is called its value. Not all number systems can represent all numbers that are considered in the modern days; for example, Roman numerals have no zero. Ideally, a numeral system will: *Represent a useful set of numbers (e.g. all
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s, or
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s) *Give every number represented a unique representation (or at least a standard representation) *Reflect the
algebraic
algebraic
and
arithmetic Arithmetic (from the Ancient Greek, Greek wikt:en:ἀριθμός#Ancient Greek, ἀριθμός ''arithmos'', 'number' and wikt:en:τική#Ancient Greek, τική wikt:en:τέχνη#Ancient Greek, έχνη ''tiké échne', 'art' or 'cra ...
structure of the numbers. For example, the usual
decimal representation A decimal representation of a non-negative In mathematics, the sign of a real number is its property of being either positive, negative number, negative, or zero. Depending on local conventions, zero may be considered as being neither positive n ...
gives every nonzero
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a unique representation as a
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sequence In mathematics, a sequence is an enumerated collection of objects in which repetitions are allowed and order theory, order matters. Like a Set (mathematics), set, it contains Element (mathematics), members (also called ''elements'', or ''terms''). ...

sequence
of digits, beginning with a non-zero digit. Numeral systems are sometimes called ''
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s'', but that name is ambiguous, as it could refer to different systems of numbers, such as the system of
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s, the system of
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complex number
s, the system of ''p''-adic numbers, etc. Such systems are, however, not the topic of this article.


Main numeral systems

The most commonly used system of numerals is
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.
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are credited with developing the integer version, the
Hindu–Arabic numeral system The Hindu–Arabic numeral system or Indo-Arabic numeral system Audun HolmeGeometry: Our Cultural Heritage 2000 (also called the Arabic numeral system or Hindu numeral system) is a positional notation, positional decimal numeral system, and is t ...
.
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of
Kusumapura
Kusumapura
developed the
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in the 5th century and a century later
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Brahmagupta
introduced the symbol for
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zero
. The system slowly spread to other surrounding regions like Arabia due to their commercial and military activities with India.
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mathematicians extended the system to include negative powers of 10 (
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), as recorded in a treatise by
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Syrian
mathematician
Abu'l-Hasan al-UqlidisiAbu'l Hasan Ahmad ibn Ibrahim Al-Uqlidisi ( ar, أبو الحسن أحمد بن ابراهيم الإقليدسي) was a Muslim Muslims () are people who follow or practice Islam, a Monotheism, monotheistic Abrahamic religions, Abrahamic religi ...
in 952–953, and the
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notation was introduced by
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, who also wrote the earliest treatise on Arabic numerals. The Hindu-Arabic numeral system then spread to Europe due to merchants trading, and the digits used in Europe are called
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Arabic numerals
, as they learned them from the Arabs. The simplest numeral system is the
unary numeral system The unary numeral system is the simplest numeral system to represent natural numbers: to represent a number ''N'', a symbol representing 1 is repeated ''N'' times. In the unary system, the number 0 (zero) is represented by the empty string, that i ...
, in which every
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is represented by a corresponding number of symbols. If the symbol is chosen, for example, then the number seven would be represented by .
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Tally marks
represent one such system still in common use. The unary system is only useful for small numbers, although it plays an important role in
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theoretical computer science
. Elias gamma coding, which is commonly used in
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, expresses arbitrary-sized numbers by using unary to indicate the length of a binary numeral. The unary notation can be abbreviated by introducing different symbols for certain new values. Very commonly, these values are powers of 10; so for instance, if / stands for one, − for ten and + for 100, then the number 304 can be compactly represented as and the number 123 as without any need for zero. This is called
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. The ancient Egyptian numeral system was of this type, and the
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was a modification of this idea. More useful still are systems which employ special abbreviations for repetitions of symbols; for example, using the first nine letters of the alphabet for these abbreviations, with A standing for "one occurrence", B "two occurrences", and so on, one could then write C+ D/ for the number 304. This system is used when writing
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and other East Asian numerals based on Chinese. The number system of the
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English language
is of this type ("three hundred
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nd
four"), as are those of other spoken
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language
s, regardless of what written systems they have adopted. However, many languages use mixtures of bases, and other features, for instance 79 in French is ''soixante dix-neuf'' () and in Welsh is ''pedwar ar bymtheg a thrigain'' () or (somewhat archaic) ''pedwar ugain namyn un'' (). In English, one could say "four score less one", as in the famous
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Gettysburg Address
representing "87 years ago" as "four score and seven years ago". More elegant is a ''
positional system Positional notation (or place-value notation, or positional numeral system) denotes usually the extension to any radix, base of the Hindu–Arabic numeral system (or decimal, decimal system). More generally, a positional system is a numeral system ...
'', also known as place-value notation. Again working in base 10, ten different digits 0, ..., 9 are used and the position of a digit is used to signify the power of ten that the digit is to be multiplied with, as in or more precisely . Zero, which is not needed in the other systems, is of crucial importance here, in order to be able to "skip" a power. The Hindu–Arabic numeral system, which originated in India and is now used throughout the world, is a positional base 10 system. Arithmetic is much easier in positional systems than in the earlier additive ones; furthermore, additive systems need a large number of different symbols for the different powers of 10; a positional system needs only ten different symbols (assuming that it uses base 10). The positional decimal system is presently universally used in human writing. The base 1000 is also used (albeit not universally), by grouping the digits and considering a sequence of three decimal digits as a single digit. This is the meaning of the common notation 1,000,234,567 used for very large numbers. In
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computers
, the main numeral systems are based on the positional system in base 2 (
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), with two
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s, 0 and 1. Positional systems obtained by grouping binary digits by three ( octal numeral system) or four (
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) are commonly used. For very large integers, bases 232 or 264 (grouping binary digits by 32 or 64, the length of the
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) are used, as, for example, in GMP. In certain biological systems, the
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system is employed. Unary numerals used in the
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s responsible for
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production. Fiete, I. R.; Seung, H. S. (2007). "Neural network models of birdsong production, learning, and coding". In Squire, L.; Albright, T.; Bloom, F.; Gage, F.; Spitzer, N. New Encyclopedia of Neuroscience. The nucleus in the brain of the songbirds that plays a part in both the learning and the production of bird song is the HVC (
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). The command signals for different notes in the birdsong emanate from different points in the HVC. This coding works as space coding which is an efficient strategy for biological circuits due to its inherent simplicity and robustness. The numerals used when writing numbers with digits or symbols can be divided into two types that might be called the
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arithmetic
numerals (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9) and the
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geometric
numerals (1, 10, 100, 1000, 10000 ...), respectively. The sign-value systems use only the geometric numerals and the positional systems use only the arithmetic numerals. A sign-value system does not need arithmetic numerals because they are made by repetition (except for the Ionic system), and a positional system does not need geometric numerals because they are made by position. However, the spoken language uses ''both'' arithmetic and geometric numerals. In certain areas of computer science, a modified base ''k'' positional system is used, called
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, with digits 1, 2, ..., ''k'' (), and zero being represented by an empty string. This establishes a
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bijection
between the set of all such digit-strings and the set of non-negative integers, avoiding the non-uniqueness caused by leading zeros. Bijective base-''k'' numeration is also called ''k''-adic notation, not to be confused with ''p''-adic numbers. Bijective base 1 is the same as unary.


Positional systems in detail

In a positional base ''b'' numeral system (with ''b'' a
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greater than 1 known as the
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radix
), ''b'' basic symbols (or digits) corresponding to the first ''b'' natural numbers including zero are used. To generate the rest of the numerals, the position of the symbol in the figure is used. The symbol in the last position has its own value, and as it moves to the left its value is multiplied by ''b''. For example, in the
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system (base 10), the numeral 4327 means , noting that . In general, if ''b'' is the base, one writes a number in the numeral system of base ''b'' by expressing it in the form and writing the enumerated digits in descending order. The digits are natural numbers between 0 and , inclusive. If a text (such as this one) discusses multiple bases, and if ambiguity exists, the base (itself represented in base 10) is added in subscript to the right of the number, like this: numberbase. Unless specified by context, numbers without subscript are considered to be decimal. By using a dot to divide the digits into two groups, one can also write fractions in the positional system. For example, the base 2 numeral 10.11 denotes . In general, numbers in the base ''b'' system are of the form: : (a_na_\cdots a_1a_0.c_1 c_2 c_3\cdots)_b = \sum_^n a_kb^k + \sum_^\infty c_kb^. The numbers ''b''''k'' and ''b''−''k'' are the
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of the corresponding digits. The position ''k'' is the
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logarithm
of the corresponding weight ''w'', that is k = \log_ w = \log_ b^k. The highest used position is close to the
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of the number. The number of
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tally marks
required in the
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for ''describing the weight'' would have been w. In the positional system, the number of digits required to describe it is only k + 1 = \log_ w + 1, for ''k'' ≥ 0. For example, to describe the weight 1000 then four digits are needed because \log_ 1000 + 1 = 3 + 1. The number of digits required to ''describe the position'' is \log_b k + 1 = \log_b \log_b w + 1 (in positions 1, 10, 100,... only for simplicity in the decimal example). :\begin \text & 3 & 2 & 1 & 0 & -1 & -2 & \cdots \\ \hline \text & b^3 & b^2 & b^1 & b^0 & b^ & b^ & \cdots \\ \text & a_3 & a_2 & a_1 & a_0 & c_1 & c_2 & \cdots \\ \hline \text & 1000 & 100 & 10 & 1 & 0.1 & 0.01 & \cdots \\ \text & 4 & 3 & 2 & 7 & 0 & 0 & \cdots \end A number has a terminating or repeating expansion
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it is
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; this does not depend on the base. A number that terminates in one base may repeat in another (thus ). An irrational number stays aperiodic (with an infinite number of non-repeating digits) in all integral bases. Thus, for example in base 2, can be written as the aperiodic 11.001001000011111...2. Putting
overscores
overscores
, , or dots, ''ṅ'', above the common digits is a convention used to represent repeating rational expansions. Thus: :14/11 = 1.272727272727... = 1.   or   321.3217878787878... = 321.321. If ''b'' = ''p'' is a
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, one can define base-''p'' numerals whose expansion to the left never stops; these are called the ''p''-adic numbers.


Generalized variable-length integers

More general is using a
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notation (here written
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) like a_0 a_1 a_2 for a_0 + a_1 b_1 + a_2 b_1 b_2, etc. This is used in
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, one aspect of which is the representation of a sequence of non-negative integers of arbitrary size in the form of a sequence without delimiters, of "digits" from a collection of 36: a–z and 0–9, representing 0–25 and 26–35 respectively. A digit lower than a threshold value marks that it is the most-significant digit, hence the end of the number. The threshold value depends on the position in the number. For example, if the threshold value for the first digit is b (i.e. 1) then a (i.e. 0) marks the end of the number (it has just one digit), so in numbers of more than one digit, range is only b–9 (1–35), therefore the weight ''b''1 is 35 instead of 36. Suppose the threshold values for the second and third digits are c (2), then the third digit has a weight 35''b''2, determined from (99b)_+1=35+35b_1+b_1b_2+1=(bcca)_=1+2b_1+2b_1b_2\therefore b_2=1+35-2=34,\ b_1b_2=1190 \text with the subscript ''pc'' referring to the code described, and we have the following sequence: a (0), ba (1), ca (2), .., 9a (35), bb (36), cb (37), .., 9b (70), bca (71), .., 99a (1260), bcb (1261), .., 99b (2450). Unlike a regular based numeral system, there are numbers like 9b where 9 and b each represents 35; yet the representation is unique because ac and aca are not allowed – the first a would terminate the number. More generally, if ''tn'' is the threshold for the ''n''-th digit, it is easy to show that b_=36-t_n. The flexibility in choosing threshold values allows optimization depending on the frequency of occurrence of numbers of various sizes. The case with all threshold values equal to 1 corresponds to
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, where the zeros correspond to separators of numbers with digits which are non-zero.


See also

* 0.999... - every nonzero terminating decimal has two equal representations


References


Sources

*Georges Ifrah. ''The Universal History of Numbers : From Prehistory to the Invention of the Computer'', Wiley, 1999. . * D. Knuth. ''
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''. Volume 2, 3rd Ed.
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. pp. 194–213, "Positional Number Systems". * A.L. Kroeber (Alfred Louis Kroeber) (1876–1960), Handbook of the Indians of California, Bulletin 78 of the Bureau of American Ethnology of the Smithsonian Institution (1919) *J.P. Mallory and D.Q. Adams, ''Encyclopedia of Indo-European Culture'', Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, London and Chicago, 1997. * * *


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