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Re: [Tlhingan-hol] do any human cultures count like Klingons do?

DloraH ([email protected]) [Hol po'wI']

> The difference becomes more apparently for "larger" numbers: decimal
> 18 would be written "200" in base 3, but "123" in 3-adic notation.
> Decimal 33 is "1020" in base 3, but "313" in 3-adic notation.
> -- 
> De'vID

It becomes even more apparent when working to the right of a decimal point.  (Is it still called a
"decimal" point when used in a non-base 10 system?)

Where pi is 3 and some fraction, after borrowing back to fill in those zero place holders, the value
of pi in Klingon/3-adic ends up being:

base 3:

3.3333... decimal becomes 3.1 3-adic.  (10.1 base-3)
But then 3.4 decimal, which is more than 3.3333... becomes 2.33121  (10.10121 base-3) because of
that 0 in the "nineths" position.

Is there another way to handle such numbers?  Would a Klingon be forced to use fractions instead?
What happens with numbers less than 1 where there is nothing to borrow from to fill those spaces?
.4 (b10) -> .10121 (b3) -> ?.?3121 (3-adic)

chaq tlhIngan Hol vIlo'nIS.  tlhIngan Hol wIlo'taHvIS, chay' [base-n] wI'oS?  chay' [adic] wI'oS?
[place holder] Del nuq?

-- DloraH

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