Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Numbers as a Language

Under East Asian numerals, there's a system called counting rods. It represents digit by number of rods. To avoid confusion, vertical and horizontal forms are alternatingly used. Generally, vertical rod numbers are used for the position for the units, hundreds, ten thousands, etc., while horizontal rod numbers are used for the tens, thousands, hundred thousands etc.

Positive Number
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Vertical: File-Counting_rod_v1r.png File-Counting_rod_v2r.png File-Counting_rod_v3r.png File-Counting_rod_v4r.png File-Counting_rod_v5r.png File-Counting_rod_v6r.png File-Counting_rod_v7r.png File-Counting_rod_v8r.png File-Counting_rod_v9r.png

Horizontal: Counting rod h1r.png File-Counting_rod_h2r.png File-Counting_rod_h3r.png File-Counting_rod_h4r.png File-Counting_rod_h5r.png Counting rod h6r.png Counting rod h7r.png File-Counting_rod_h8r.png File-Counting_rod_h9r.png

Negative Number
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Vertical: Counting rod v1.png Counting rod v2.png Counting rod v3.png Counting rod v4.png Counting rod v5.png Counting rod v6.png Counting rod v7.png Counting rod v8.png Counting rod v9.png
Horizontal : Counting rod h1.png Counting rod h2.png Counting rod h3.png Counting rod h4.png Counting rod h5.png Counting rod h6.png Counting rod h7.png Counting rod h8.png Counting rod h9.png
0 cannot be written in counting rods system so I might just say its IMPOSSIBLE.


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