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Sociologists can get three possible answers to a typical survey question such as "Do you believe in the tooth fairy?" -namely, yes, no, and no opinion. With this in mind, the Sociomagnetic Computer Company has decided to build a computer to process survey data. This computer has a trinanry of memory-that is, each byte (tryte?) consists of 8 trits, with a trit holding a 0, 1, or 2. How many trits are needed to hold a 6-bit number? Give an expression for the number or trits needed to hold n bits.

A 6 bit number has 26 = 64 possible combinations

As a trit consists of 3 states 0,1 or 2 so we need to use modular 3 arithmetic to determine how many trits (N) are required to store any 6 bit number

We therefore need to solve the equation

3^N >= 64 (1)

Taking Logs to base 10 each side of (1) we get

Log{3}^N >= Log{64}

N*Log{3} >= Log{64}

N >= Log{64}/Log{3}

N >= 1.806/0.477

N >= 3.785

As we can only consider whole integers for N, the number of trits needed to store a 6 bit number must be at least N = 4

In order to store n bits we can develop a similar expression to one noting that the number n of binary bits can store 2n decimal numbers

Thus we say that 3^N >= 2^n (2)

Again taking Logs to base 10 of both sides of (2) we get

N*Log{3} >= n*Log{2}

Thus the number of trits (N) necessary to fully express an n bit number is given by (3)

N >= n*Log{2}/Log{3} (3) {where N is the rounded up to the next whole integer}


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