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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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I was originally born in India, where I learned something different then here in Canada. Here, I hear (word pun!) that the symbol for Integers is I, however I recall being taught that Integer was represented by Z (as in the German word Zahlen) meaning "to count upwards".

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Yes, the boldface 'Z' is German for 'zahl', which I think is German for 'integer'. I've only ever seen "I" used to represent the set of all imaginary numbers, and to denote the identity mapping.

**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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I believe imag numbers are represented with a C-, is it not? In the education system here, they showcase Integer as I.

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C-? Hmm, I have never seen that before. I've only seen C for the complex numbers. Does C+ have any meaning in your system, just out of interest?

**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Shivamcoder3013 wrote:

I believe imag numbers are represented with a C-, is it not? In the education system here, they showcase Integer as I.

C are complex numbers.

I are irrationals.

I can also represent the identity matrix.

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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By C-, I meant C with a dash on top: -

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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I prefer iR.

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Ah. So there is no actual specified system for the representation of such number systems. They should call it SINS, as in System Internationale Number Systems (not implying that it is morally degenerate however).

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Anybody ever heard of N Z Q R C?

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: Harlan's World
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Of course. But those are all just conventional. You could call the naturals F, although nobody would know you are referring to them, unless you specify your notation...

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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That is my pet peeve. I almost always go berserk when I am reading something and the guy defines something in a non standard way.

Had a combinatorics and summation book like that. Insisted on using different symbols. Ripped em both up and burned em.

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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