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Steven Taschuk
staschuk at telusplanet.net
Wed Mar 19 23:38:23 CET 2003
Quoth Chermside, Michael:
[...]
> [1] A really interesting argument can be made that it's got just as
> many 9's as 0's, since "x.00000..." = "(x-1).99999..." by most useful
> definitions. Does this mean that integers are normal in base 2?
Imho, the argument is not so interesting. The equiprobable
distribution property is a property of the symbol sequence, not
strictly speaking of the number. Thus the notion of normality of
a number requires some function from numbers to symbol sequences,
or a set of such functions. That is, unique representations are
required.
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