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Meaning, Hamming number, and other uses[edit]

This is a new, sourced, write-up of the reference to this term I happen to know. Eric Weisstein has inserted a a note in MathWorld about a (slightly different) generalization of the term, and the article on that was deleted, perhaps rightly. Septentrionalis 21:10, 13 July 2006 (UTC)

This seems fine, except that I'd wager there are other uses of the term out in the literature somewhere. I'm not quite bored enough to go looking for them right now, but if someone else is, maybe he'd like to make a disambiguation page. --Trovatore 18:53, 30 July 2006 (UTC)
I have better sourced and significantly expanded this article, and merged from Hamming number some additional content. I didn't include a link to MathWorld because that describes a different concept ({2,5}-smooth as opposed to {2,3,5}-smooth numbers) on which there seems less scholarly work. —David Eppstein 06:51, 13 March 2007 (UTC)

Name[edit]

I don't think that Regular number is a good location for this article. I haven't ever seen that term used to mean a 5-smooth integer, although I have seen it used once or twice with other meanings. Further, the term Hamming number is used fairly widely. Although they will always be "5-smooth" to me (or perhaps {2, 3, 5}-smooth), I think that Hamming number is the right place for this article. Thoughts?

CRGreathouse (t | c) 21:09, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

"Regular number" is the term used in the context of Babylonian studies; see the titles of several of the references. Similarly, Hamming number is the term used in the context of functional programming. Both names seem somewhat specialized, as does the awkward "{2,3,5}-smooth number". But as long as we don't go for the "ugly number" name, I don't really have a strong opinion on which should be primary. I suppose "Hamming number" would fit with the longstanding mathematical tradition of naming things after latecomers to the study of those things (Hamming wasn't even the first to talk about algorithms for computing these numbers, he was merely the first to talk about generating them in order). —David Eppstein (talk) 21:13, 2 March 2008 (UTC)
Of course if we were to find the name of the Babylonian who first classified these numbers I'd be happy to name the page after her/him. :) CRGreathouse (t | c) 22:52, 2 March 2008 (UTC)
http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RegularNumber.html says: "A regular number, also called a finite decimal (Havil 2003, p. 25), is a positive number that has a finite decimal expansion." http://www.britannica.com/eb/topic-496213/regular-number says: "Regular numbers are those whose prime factors divide the base; the reciprocals of such numbers thus have only a finite number of places (by contrast, the reciprocals of nonregular numbers produce an infinitely repeating numeral). In base 10, for example, only numbers with factors of 2 and 5". The Babylonians used base 60 so a Babylonian regular number is consistent with the Britannica definition. MathWorld is about the reciprocal and assumes base 10, so no factor 3 allowed. How about splitting the article? Regular number could use the Britannica definition but also mention other definitions. Hamming number would only be about 5-smooth numbers. Babylonian mathematics and everything base-related could stay in Regular number, and base-independent 5-smooth things could move to Hamming number. PrimeHunter (talk) 02:12, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
I think much of the value of the article has to do with bringing together the different names people have used in very different subject areas for the same concept. Splitting it would lose that. The MathWorld decimal definition already went through an AfD and was deleted. And much of the content here looks specific to base 60. But if you can find sufficient sources to support an article on the general concept of regularity in any base, I don't see any reason to object to having the "regular number" title point to that article and having this article under a different title, with cross-links between the two. —David Eppstein (talk) 02:22, 3 March 2008 (UTC)
I didn't know Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Regular number. It's probably best to keep the article in one place, maybe with a brief mention that other definitions exist. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:14, 3 March 2008 (UTC)

Why is this article not renamed yet? It seems it has also been voted to be deleted once: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Regular_number How about calling it "Babylonian regular numbers"? "Regular numbers" is clearly not a right name (show me a non-Babylonian who believes that these numbers are more regular than the others). --Cokaban (talk) 14:16, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

"Ugly" numbers?[edit]

Should Wikipedia record (and mention in such a prominent place as the opening paragraph of the article) a nonce term apparently made up and only ever used in the context of some forgotten computing contest? And may I ask what reason was given for such a label by whoever coined it? The term "ugly number" strikes me as terribly POV, and moreover its strong pejorative character seems completely ludicrous and unwarranted given the high notability and usefulness of these numbers for all kinds of purposes (starting by their utmost importance in geometry and music). It seems as if whoever thought such a dismissive label as "ugly" was somehow befitting for these numbers, must have thought that "number beauty" is measured by arcanity and lack of pragmatic value, so that the quantities that govern myriad aspects of our daily lives would appear "ugly" because they are to be found all around. 213.37.6.23 (talk) 09:57, 8 May 2008 (UTC)

Agreed. Removed. SethTisue (talk) 11:28, 9 May 2008 (UTC)

Algorithms for computing regular sexagesimals in order[edit]

I expanded a previous footnote into a paragraph about computing sexagesimals in order, after discovering the Knuth and Bruins references on the subject as well as the Gingerich citation we already had. I'd also like to add something like "Eppstein (2007) describes an algorithm for computing tables of this type in linear time for arbitrary values of k.", with a later bibliography entry Eppstein, David (2007), The range-restricted Hamming problem . But as you can see, that would be a little self-serving. If someone else thinks this would be an appropriate addition, please go ahead and add it. —David Eppstein (talk) 18:22, 27 May 2008 (UTC)

60??[edit]

Is there a reason that this article keeps mentioning that these numbers can divide powers of 60? It seems strange, because that's just another way of saying that their prime factors are one of 2,3, or 5, isn't it? If there's anything more than that (that I'm missing), it probably should be clearly stated. Luminifer (talk) 05:18, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

60 is more important than 30 in the connections with the Babylonian number system. —David Eppstein (talk) 06:19, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
Sure, I can see that it's important historically, but shouldn't it just be stated that it was important historically? Mentioning it over and over again makes it pretty confusing in my opinion, when it could be stated more simply. Luminifer (talk) 16:13, 1 June 2009 (UTC)

Non-lazy example[edit]

In an article about the Hamming problem it is nice to have the solution. Since the article discusses how non-trivial the solution of the problem in a non-lazy language is, it is a good idea to include the non-lazy solution itself, especially, since it is only 10-lines long. The language of implementation is irrelevant, Python was just an example. I propose to undo the removal of the solution. GrGBL (talk) 11:58, 30 May 2010 (UTC)

I have to say that I support Arthur Rubin's removal of your Pyhton code. I don't think it adds anything to the article, and, if it is code you wrote yourself, then it is original research. Gandalf61 (talk) 14:02, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
It is not 10 lines long, it is 22. There is, however, a very similar 10-line non-functional Python implementation in the description of this article's figure (function A051037). I agree with Rubin and Gandalf: in general, detailed implementations of algorithms do not belong in Wikipedia articles and in this particular case it's too far off-topic to be helpful. In addition, it causes WP:NPOV problems by unbalancing the article too far in the computer-science direction, when that is only one of several aspects of the subject. —David Eppstein (talk) 16:22, 30 May 2010 (UTC)
I suspect the root of misunderstanding is the "merge" of this page with "Hamming problem" (it redirects here). You are absolutely right: in an article about regular numbers, code is useless; OTOH, in an article about "Hamming problem", its solution in a lazy and non-lazy languages is a must. I propose to make a separate article about Hamming problem.
Btw, the real code is 10-lines long and the rest is min_element function that is a part of C++ STL but seems to be absent from Python.
The fact that an interesting part of an article is hidden in the code that generates illustration is not obvious for a reader (btw, that code is not an example of traditional approach since it uses "yield").GrGBL (talk) 11:18, 31 May 2010 (UTC)
It's not intended as part of the article. And if you removed the "yield" statements or replaced them by prints you'd get a similar-length program that did the same thing. I still think that Wikipedia is not a code repository: pseudocode should be preferred to code and code should only be included to the extent that it provides a clearer description of an algorithm than other forms of text. So I'm wondering what the point of a separate article on the Hamming problem is: what aspect of the problem is not already adequately represented here? Why is a non-functional version important? Can you find reliable sources for that version? —David Eppstein (talk) 16:50, 31 May 2010 (UTC)
The point of a separate article is to discuss the Hamming problem itself: why the problem is significant, what are the approaches to its solution, solutions themselves (code or pseudo-code is not important, but code is more precise and is easier to verify). This can be done in this article, but apparently it has nothing to do with Regular numbers and thus a separate article (intended for a different auditory) is a better approach. GrGBL (talk) 11:18, 2 June 2010 (UTC)
You didn't answer the question: what is there to discuss about the Hamming problem that is not already in the article and would not belong in this article? Your non-functional Python code is not a good answer, because you have not yet convinced me that anything like it belongs in Wikiedia at all: it's not a clear way of describing an algorithm and it's not supported by sources. —David Eppstein (talk) 15:25, 2 June 2010 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Not moved. There is clearly no consensus in favour of moving to the proposed title of "Babylonian regular numbers". There is not enough information to determine if there is support for the "5-smooth numbers" alternative, so I suggest that the nominator or others should pursue that as a separate move request, if they are interested in doing so. (non-admin closure)  — Amakuru (talk) 11:22, 21 October 2013 (UTC)



Regular numberBabylonian regular numbers – The term "regular numbers" to designate numbers whose inverse in base-60 number system has finite number of digits seem to be obsolete by 2500 years. Base-60 number system is not used anymore. There may be specialists in other narrow fields (besides babylonian studies) who might like to have their favorite numbers called "regular" Cokaban (talk) 14:36, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

Note that in the list of references, only one uses the term "regular number" in its title without further qualifiers (but in parentheses). It is a journal of The American Schools of Oriental Research. --Cokaban (talk) 15:07, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose. None of the sources call these things "Babylonian regular", this phrase does not appear in the article nor as far as I can tell anywhere in the scientific literature (violating WP:NEO), and much of the article is about applications of these numbers that have nothing to do with Babylon. —David Eppstein (talk) 15:58, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
It does not matter for me if they will be called "Babylonian" or "sexagesimal", please suggest a different name. I mean that the name "Regular numbers" is inappropriate. --Cokaban (talk) 17:47, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
Which applications did you mean? These numbers have no application in number theory, nor in mathematics (not more than other smooth numbers), nor in algorithm theory. Those sections are about applying number theory or algorithm theory to analyze these numbers. It remains the use by Babylonians and in music. --Cokaban (talk) 17:54, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
That statement is simply false. In algorithms, these things have applications both in Fast Fourier Transforms and as a test problem for functional programming. The application in music is also an application, despite your attempt to split it off above by lumping it with the Babylonian usage. And I would also strongly oppose putting "sexagesimal" in the title, because this article is about the properties and uses of a set of numbers, not about the notation we use to write them down. —David Eppstein (talk) 17:58, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
Which statement is false? Which numbers have application in Fast Fourier Transforms, n-smooth or exclusively 5-smooth? I did not lump music with Babylonians, i simple emphasized the only two applications of exclusively 5-smooth numbers mentioned in the article. --Cokaban (talk) 19:25, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
Why are you asking questions here that would be easily answered by reading the article and its references? What purpose do you think you are serving by doing that? —David Eppstein (talk) 00:56, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
If you do not plan to appeal to Babylonians and to music, but to mathematics and programming, then please do me a favour and define regular numbers as 7-smooth instead of 5-smooth (7 is my favourite number, and for mathematics and programming 5-smooth and 7-smooth are all the same). --Cokaban (talk) 19:32, 13 October 2013 (UTC)
Please do not put words in my mouth. Why do you think I don't want Babylonians and music as parts of the article? As for programming, there may be no difference in theory but there is a big difference in historical significance. And if you think there is no difference on the mathematical side between 5-smooth and 7-smooth, please tell me the formula for estimating the number of 7-smooth numbers ≤ N, with error at most doubly logarithmic in N, and also tell me the connection between 7-smooth numbers and generating functions of unimodular lattices. Frankly, it's starting to look like your proposal is motivated by animus towards having an article on this set of numbers rather than a good-faith effort to find the most descriptive name for them. —David Eppstein (talk) 00:56, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
There are two questions i am raising: (1) whether calling 5-smooth numbers "regular" is absurd, (2) whether someone other than Babylonians, musicians, and hobbyists call them so. Mostly the second question matters to decide if the page should be moved. About (1), i need to think about your comments, i didn't suspect there could be such a big difference between 5-smooth and n-smooth. I do not see right away where the double-logarithmic estimate comes from. About (2), can you give some references? I have downloaded the cited article of Clive Temperton about FFT because i was curios what is so special about 5-smooth numbers in FFT, but i am afraid the article is too complicated for me. However, he does not use the term "regular number". --Cokaban (talk) 08:34, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
Of course he doesn't use the term "regular number". In case you still haven't read it, our article covers four aspects of this set of numbers, of roughly equal importance: history of mathematics, music theory, modern mathematics, and functional programming. Each of these aspects has a different name for the set and we had to pick one for the whole article; the one we currently have, "regular numbers", is related only to the history of mathematics facet, but the same would be true of any other name we pick. Your deprecation of historians of mathematics and music theorists, your derogatory "hobbyists", and your failure to mention the functional programmers in your comment, in favor of a mathematics-only viewpoint, do not speak well towards your neutral treatment of the subject. —David Eppstein (talk) 18:11, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
I do not understand what you mean by "deprecation" or "deragotary". Please explain what made you think that it was "deprecation" or "deragotary". (It is true, however, that i am suspicious of the treatment of numbers by musicians, i saw a Yale University music professor Craig Wright say that dissonance is when the ratio of the frequencies is irrational, like 8/9 or 17/16). I do not understand your appeal to functional programming: they do not call these numbers "regular", and i believe for a good reason. As i commented elsewhere, my objection is only about the entry name, not about the content of the article. --Cokaban (talk) 07:05, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose per The Handy Math Answer Book 2012 "Regular and non-regular numbers are actually other terms for rational numbers. Regular numbers are positive integers that have a finite decimal expansion. In otherwords, a number that seems to “end.” " i.e. ...not limited to Babylon. Neither is the article. In ictu oculi (talk) 07:23, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
In ictu oculi, your quote supports my suggestion that the page should be moved. This page is not about numbers with finite decimal expansion. --Cokaban (talk) 08:18, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Oppose this particular move because "Babylonian regular number" appears to be a neologism. However, I might be persuaded to support a move to "5-smooth number". Gandalf61 (talk) 08:27, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
This would be fine with me. --Cokaban (talk) 08:35, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
I don't have any strong objection to that name. It would replace primacy of one facet of the article (the history of mathematics) with another (modern mathematics), and I happen to think that the mathematical facet is not the one for which this set is most notable, but it seems there is no name that covers more than one of the historical, mathematical, computational, and musical meanings of this set. —David Eppstein (talk) 16:21, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment: Most people probably think a regular number is the same thing as a natural number. Since it has been pointed out that "regular number" does not even seem very well established in the cited references, and since In ictu oculi seems to have found a different meaning, perhaps the article should be moved. But not to "Babylonian regular numbers". —BarrelProof (talk) 08:43, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Comment I have asked a number-theorist friend, he said that he hears for the first time about "regular numbers", while "$n$-smooth numbers" is a standard term. Then he suggested, independently from me, to call them "Babylonian numbers". He also mentioned that in his opinion, if these numbers have some unusual properties, they should be called "irregular" :). --Cokaban (talk) 11:55, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
    • Again, this viewpoint of considering modern mathematics as the only important aspect of the article ignores 3/4 of its content. —David Eppstein (talk) 18:14, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
      • You do not seem to understand, which is strange: i do not argue at all about which aspects of the article are important, i am arguing about the name of an encyclopedia entry. My main objection to the page name is that, to the best of my knowledge, outside of Babylonian or historical or musical context, the term "regular numbers" has no meaning in modern English or mathematics, so keeping the article under this name means lying. In my opinion, it would need to be at least disambiguated by renaming to "regular numbers (Babylonian studies)". Otherwise the modern term "5-smooth" should be used. --Cokaban (talk) 06:35, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
      • Would you agree that it would be inappropriate to have wikipedia entries for "Nice numbers", "Cute numbers", "Special numbers", "Extra-special numbers", etc, without disambiguating in parentheses where the term comes from, or who uses it? (See Nice Friedman numbers, Cute numbers) --Cokaban (talk) 06:46, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
        • Well, no. If there is only one notable meaning of a term, or one meaning that is significantly more notable than others, then it doesn't need disambiguation and shouldn't be disambiguated; see WP:PRIMARYTOPIC. And when we disambiguate titles, we do so in a standard format, not by inserting random related words somewhere in the title. In fact, there is an article (or at least a redirect) for cute number. Whether you or I find the choice of terminology inane (as I definitely do in the cute number case) is completely irrelevant. It turns out that for "regular number" there is another (related) meaning, involving terminating decimals, but the 2006 AfD determined that meaning to be non-notable, so it shouldn't affect our decision here (unless there is some reason to believe that notability of the other meaning has changed). —David Eppstein (talk) 07:02, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
          • I do not plan for now to read Wikipedia formal rules, they will probably not affect my opinion, and probably are not necessary to decide what the right way is. They are probably useful for resolving conflicts, but i will be satisfied with sufficiently explaining my point of view, and letting the others decide. Yes, i agree that it would be appropriate to have a redirect from "Regular numbers" to "5-smooth numbers", for as long as some branch of number theory, or cosmology, or anything else does not appropriate the term and publicize the new meaning (then it would need to be properly disambiguated). There is a substantial difference in my opinion between keeping a page under a "wrong" name and redirecting to a "right" name. :) --Cokaban (talk) 07:18, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
            • But for Wikipedia purposes rightness or wrongness of a name is determined by the use of that name in reliable sources, not by our own opinions. We have one source that has "regular numbers" in its title, and one source that has "Hamming numbers" in its title, but no source that has "5-smooth" in its title, and MathSciNet can't find *any* papers that have "5-smooth number" anywhere in their reviews. So what is your evidence that the current title is wrong and some replacement is right? Not just "I talked to a mathematician who doesn't care about history or music and he agreed with me": evidence in reliable sources. —David Eppstein (talk) 07:30, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
            • "Hamming numbers" is fine (not ambiguous, and unlikely to be used for a different thing by someone else). "Regular numbers" in the title was related to oriental studies. In MathSciNet, look to "smooth numbers", there are 25 results, so "5-smooth", or "7-smooth", or "n-smooth" is an acceptable title because it is a standard term. --Cokaban (talk) 08:05, 15 October 2013 (UTC)
            • I start suspecting we view differently the uses and purposes of an encyclopedia. Please keep in mind that Wikipedia articles not only serve to improve search engine results, but they also impose certain usages and definitions. I think they only have right to do so if these usages and definitions have already been commonly accepted. This is in my opinion not the case for the suggested definition of the term "regular number". --Cokaban (talk) 09:14, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

Discussion of reasons for sticking with existing name[edit]

Since the discussion has become a little fragmented, I thought it might be helpful for me to outline what I see as the reasons for giving this article the title it now has, "regular number".

  • We have to call it something, and (by Wikipedia policy) preferably something already standard in the literature rather than making up a name.
  • The literature on this set of numbers is split into four subjects, history, music, mathematics, and computation, each with a different name (regular numbers, 5-limit, 5-smooth, and Hamming numbers, respectively). So those are the names we have to choose from.
  • The music theory name is too specific to that application, not even unambiguous within music theory (there are two different meanings of limit that might apply), and confusing to mathematicians (the musical limit is totally unrelated to the mathematical limit). And I think the computation name is too egregious an example of Stigler's law of eponymy to be used. That leaves only regular numbers or 5-smooth numbers.
  • I think the article is independently notable for its historical, computational, and (less clearly) music-theoretic aspects, but not independently notable mathematically. Don't misinterpret this, I think the mathematics should stay in the article. But there is very little in the mathematics literature that is directly about this specific set of numbers. For instance, "5-smooth number" does not appear in MathSciNet, nor does "5-smooth" appear in the title of any paper involving these numbers in Google scholar. In contrast, one of our references does have "regular number" in its title, and a Google scholar search for a combination of "regular number" with "Babylonian" gets a respectable 175 hits, with a wide variety of authors using this phrase.
  • Because the phrase "regular number" is so generic, it doesn't feel awkward applying it outside of its historical context.

Do I thnk "regular number" was a good choice for the historians of mathematics to have made? No, I'm sad they didn't search for a modern cognate of a Babylonian word for finite or terminating and use that instead. "Sofic numbers" would make some sense (despite the Hebrew rather than Babylonian root), and is both more informative and less boring. But the historians made their choice, "regular number" is reasonably unambiguous (the only competing definition I know of is the one for having a terminating decimal reciprocal, which has been deemed non-notable), and it's not for us to try to push a better phrase. —David Eppstein (talk) 16:24, 15 October 2013 (UTC)

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Requested move 2[edit]

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The result of the proposal was no consensus. --BDD (talk) 17:40, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Regular number5-smooth numbers – This page discusses properties and uses of 5-smooth numbers, but pretends to describe an ostensibly common term "Regular number". The term "regular number" does not exist in modern English or mathematics. All the references of the article that contain the term "regular number" are about "sexagesimal regular numbers" in ancient Babylonian mathematics (which apparently used base-60 number system). Now these numbers are called 5-smooth. For any prime p, there is the set of p-smooth numbers, which has properties similar to those of the set of 5-smooth numbers. This article is about historical appearances of 5-smooth numbers under different names, their uses in music terminology and notation, and mathematical properties of the set of all 5-smooth numbers (which are not substantially different from the properties of the set of all p-smooth numbers for any prime p) --Relisted. Steel1943 (talk) 07:55, 4 November 2013 (UTC) Cokaban (talk) 09:49, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

  • Comment: note that there are Regular primes, completely unrelated to 5-smooth numbers. --Cokaban (talk) 11:08, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Weak oppose, basically for the reasons discussed in the previous move request. The four aspects to this subject (history, computing, music, mathematics) each have different names for this subject, of which I would consider the name from the historical aspect ("regular number") and from the mathematical aspect ("5-smooth number") the most usable as a title for the article. But the historical aspect is the one by which these numbers have their strongest case for notability, and the mathematical one the weakest: for instance, searching Google scholar for "regular number"+Babylonian gets about 175 hits (some of them having the phrase in the title) while it finds only three hits for "5-smooth", one of which appears to be a mistake (the paper actually says "B-smooth") and the other of which have only trivial coverage of the 5-smooth numbers. Even "Hamming numbers" (a name I don't want to use because it's too specific to the computing application, and I suspect the nominator would not like either) has 135 hits, a significant number, compared to the tiny usage of "5-smooth" in the literature. So the word "regular" is also used with other meanings elsewhere; so what? The nomination statement takes the attitude that when a subject is studied in mathematics and in other fields (in this case the history of mathematics) then only the mathematical meaning can be the current and important one, but that is simply false. —David Eppstein (talk) 16:23, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
How about "sexagesimal regular numbers"? ("Regular numbers" simply does not exist outside of the Babylonian context, you do not seem to argue agains this, or you have not given references.) That google does not find much about 5-smooth numbers confirms in my opinion that there is not much special about them from the mathematical point of view. --Cokaban (talk) 16:59, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
"There is not much special about them from the mathematical point of view" is exactly the reason that a name selected purely from the mathematical point of view (such as 5-smooth) is a bad choice. But please don't confuse "not special mathematically" with "not notable". They are notable, but for other reasons than pure mathematics. "Sexagesimal regular number" is also a bad choice, for three reasons: (1) it is about the way the numbers are written rather than the numbers themselves, which is not the subject of this article, (2) it is too specific to that application; "regular number" by itself is generic enough that it could reasonably be applied in other contexts outside of mathematics history, and (3) it is a neologism; it does not appear anywhere in the literature. —David Eppstein (talk) 17:24, 27 October 2013 (UTC)
If "sexagesimal regular number" is a neologism and "regular number" is a Babylonian archaism, what should we choose for Wikipedia? I will not comment on the rest because it looks like you are jumping between discussing the name and the content (instead of admitting that you previous assertion about their mathematical importance, like \log\log, was probably wrong, you say that their mathematical name is a bad name for the article). --Cokaban (talk) 06:03, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
Sorry, i cannot help commenting on this: you did not mention that Cute numbers was a neologism when you used them to support your point of view. --Cokaban (talk) 06:08, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
Because I didn't notice it at the time? I am not omniscient. —David Eppstein (talk) 06:31, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
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