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# Is it worth it to replace Arabic numerals with Kaktovik numerals?

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is there is any advantage for Kaktovik numerals over Arabic numerals, if there is any can you explain to me in detail if I should replace Arabic numerals with Kaktovik numerals in my daily life?

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Describe Kaktovik (1 comment)

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For the vast majority of mathematics and other uses of numbers, the specific details of numeral system notation -- how to represent specific numbers -- make surprisingly little difference.

As far as I can tell, there are only 2 differences between Kaktovik numerals and the decimal numeral system: the base, and the specific shapes of the letters.

## Base

Kaktovik numerals are a base-20 system, so they may be useful for transcribing numerals in the Iñupiaq language and other languages that express numbers in words that imply a base-20 system.

There has been a lot of thought about improving the traditional base-10 (decimal) system. I feel that most of the people I've read on this subject would agree that base-20 is theoretically overall better than base-10. Alas, most of the people I've read on this subject propose some other base that is even better than base-20 in some way -- even worse, they seem to disagree on exactly which base is best. Perhaps the most popular bases currently are:

• dozenal has some strong arguments in its favor for human writing and speech: Dozenal FAQs
• hexadecimal is better for finger-counting on human hands (in 2 very different ways)
• octal
• Base-2 and base-3 usually have the best radix economy when physically building calculating hardware.

## shapes of the digits

In my opinion, the 3 most important design characteristics of written digit symbols are (in order of importance):

2. Writability
3. Learnability