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Adoption of the Octal Number System

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The possible adoption of the metric system in the United States makes it logical that any other major changes be considered at the same time. Therefore, it is proposed to adopt the octal number system in place of the decimal. The importance of computers in our lives makes it reasonable that we adopt a number system with a base 2n. The advantages and disadvantages of the various values of n are given. The octal (n=3) number system is found to be the best one. The feasibility and some ramifications of octal adoption are presented.

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Computers, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:C-20 ,  Issue: 5 )

Date of Publication:

May 1971

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