Balanced ternary is a non-standard positional numeral system (a balanced form), useful for comparison logic. It is a ternary (base 3) number system, but unlike the standard (unbalanced) ternary system, the digits have the values −1, 0, and 1. This combination is especially valuable for ordinal relationships between two values, where the three possible relationships are less-than, equals, and greater-than. Balanced ternary can represent all integers without resorting to a separate minus sign.
Balanced ternary is counted as follows. (In this example, the letter "T" is uses as a ligature of "−1" in balanced ternary, but alternatively for easier parsing "−" may be used to denote −1 and "+" to denote +1.)
The speed of the light in vacuum is 299,792,458 metres per second. The number is 1'T10'0T0'010'001'0T1'101(1'NR2'1SA) in balanced ternary.
Unbalanced ternary can be converted to balanced ternary notation in two ways:
- add 1 trit-by-trit from the first non-zero trit with carry, and then subtract 1 trit-by-trit from the same trit without borrow. For example, 0213 + 113 = 1023, 1023 − 113 = 1T1Balt = 710.
- If a two is present in ternary, simply turn it into 1T.For example, 02123 = 0010+1T00+001T=10TTBalt=2310
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