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A change of radix

Alex M. Andrew (World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics, Reading, UK)


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 1 September 2004



The use of ten as a radix for everyday numbering seems to be a suitable compromise. Non‐decimal numbers have applications in error detection and in computing. In the latter, it is interesting that there has been competition between octal and hexadecimal formats for manual interaction, and one reason for the prevalence of the latter is attributed to the use of seven‐line character displays and an improbable feature of this in relation to the English alphabet.



Andrew, A.M. (2004), "A change of radix", Kybernetes, Vol. 33 No. 8, pp. 1329-1331.



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