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Interactive numerals

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JournalRoyal Society Open Science
DateAccepted/In press - 22 Mar 2017
DatePublished (current) - 26 Apr 2017
Number of pages17
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Although Arabic numerals (like {\textquoteleft}2016{\textquoteright} and {\textquoteleft}3.14{\textquoteright}) are ubiquitous, we show that in interactive computer applications they are often misleading and surprisingly unreliable. We introduce interactive numerals as a new concept and show, like Roman numerals and Arabic numerals, interactive numerals introduce another way of using and thinking about numbers. Properly understanding interactive numerals is essential for all computer applications that involve numerical data entered by users, including finance, medicine, aviation and science.

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  • numbers and numerals, human error, interactive system

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