Questions tagged [binary]

For questions about representing numbers in base 2 or performing arithmetic on them.

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Why does the formula 2n + 1 find the child node in a binary heap?

I learned that when you have a binary heap represented as a vector / list / array with indicies [0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, ...] the indicies of the children of element at index n can be found with $...
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Signed and unsigned numbers

How would the ALU in a microprocessor differentiate between a signed number, -7 that is denoted by 1111 and an unsigned number 15, also denoted by 1111?
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Could a standardized ternary system be more efficient than the binary system? [duplicate]

Could a standardized ternary (base-3) system be more efficient than the binary (base-2) system? Binary is efficient for processing using logic gates, but can be bulky when using for file storage or ...