Talk:Quaternary numeral system

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Quits?[edit]

Logically, if a Binary Digit is a bit, and a Trinary Digit is a trit, should a Quaternary Digit be a quit? Or a quad (note the Star Trek reference.)?--Blasterman 95 21:46, 28 October 2007 (UTC)

Probably a quad, in keeping with popular sci-fi. Technically, it'd be a quit, but that's already taken, so we'll go with quad. Besides, teraquad sounds so much cooler than teraquit! Skylerorlando (talk) 00:37, 25 April 2008 (UTC)

2 + 2 = ... 10[edit]

IN BASE FOUR I'M FINE! 'FLaRN'(talk) 22:08, 8 January 2008 (UTC)

Genetics example[edit]

The genetics example is interesting, but it is lacking in clarity. In particular, no rationale is provided for the particular mapping chosen. Why this particular mapping? Is it used in computer models, for example? Also, mention is made of complementary base pairs, but it is unclear what the analogous numeric complementarity represents. Sum of 3, perhaps? Basis vectors for a vector space?

As a result, the numeric example for the string GATTACA is misleading. It is presented in a way that suggests it is a canonical numeric mapping, but in fact there are 4!=24 different mappings possible, leading to what I only assume to be 24 different numbers for the word GATTACA. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 70.247.165.130 (talk) 22:42, 5 February 2010 (UTC)

Does the mapping being arbitrary make it less useful as an example? -- AnonMoos (talk) 10:17, 6 February 2010 (UTC)

sound system[edit]

Love your written system. Its brilliant. The sound system seems a little primitive though.
I came up with the following system. In it one can count easily up to 256^256.
You can no doubt improve upon it (please improve upon it)

'e' is pronounced 'ay' and 'i' is pronounced 'ee'.
fours ones
0
1 ko ka
2 lo la
3 mo ma


16 add -to
suffix just add '-na'
256^n tia + suffix


for example:

momato lola tialana lolato lola = [(3*4+3) * 16 + 2*4+2] * 256^2 + (2*4+2) * 16 + 2*4+2

it may seem a little complicated but its really about as simple as it can get.

just as we count in 1000's (million-billion-trillion-quadrillion) so this system counts in 256's
bi- tri- quad- is replace with a suffixes -lana -mana -kana
just as we might say 25 hundred and 31 (2,531) so in this system we use just replace 'hundred' with -to (16)

Just granpa (talk) 00:12, 20 April 2011 (UTC)

Ventureño Numeral System[edit]

As per request, I've updated the page on the Ventureño Chumash language to include what was recorded of its quaternary system. Let me know if I can add anything to make it easier to read, more clear, etc. Alaquwel (talk) 08:12, 9 May 2011 (UTC)