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Re^2: In base 1, the number after 0 is: 1by tye (Cardinal) 
on May 02, 2014 at 04:01 UTC ( #1084723=note: print w/ replies, xml )  Need Help?? 
Exactly. As to what was revealed to be the real question: Hence, the poll question is really, what is the first representational digit in base 1 I think "1" is quite intuitive. prime factorization using base 1 reveals some of the benefits to working in base 1: They don't have the arbitrary range limitations of Perl's regular number representations while converting between the two is nearly trivial. Plus finding prime base1 numbers is particularly compact code in Perl. And when the primality test fails you are also handed some factors! So base1 numbers are perfect for finding prime factorizations! They aren't very space efficient, unfortunately (hey, no one's perfect). As well as providing handy Perl code for working with them.  tye
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