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A Method for Representing Data Items of Unlimited Length in a Computer Memory

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In this paper, a recursive data structure is defined which permits a data item of-unlimited length to be represented in a computer memory. The encoded data are a linear string of symbols which contains a specification of the length of the data item and the data item itself. In a single forward scan of the encoded data string, the length of the data item can be determined and the data item located and/or extracted.

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IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering  (Volume:SE-7 ,  Issue: 6 )