Talk:Elias gamma coding

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Why would anyone use this type of coding? pstudier 20:47, 2004 Apr 13 (UTC)

When you are encoding integers whose upper bound can not be determined beforehand. -- Antaeus Feldspar 19:20, 27 Oct 2004 (UTC)
Thank you for this clarification. Without this, this encoding makes no sense. pstudier 05:00, 2004 Oct 31 (UTC)
More specifically, text querying systems use it to compress their indexes. Gazpacho

Reverting to preformatted text[edit]

The decision to change from a preformatted multi-column table to a list just because the entries in the first column of the list happen to be ordered integers is perhaps not what's best for the article. The preformatting means the bit patterns will be displayed in a monospaced font, which makes it easier to see the pattern. Accordingly, I am reverting. -- Antaeus Feldspar 22:33, 29 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Zero?[edit]

One remark: With this coding you can't code a zero, because the code is not prefix free. I guess this should be mentioned. The preceding unsigned comment was added by 129.70.160.23 (talk • contribs) .

I've written about common generalizations. --Damian Yerrick () 16:06, 12 February 2006 (UTC)