Alphabet notation is a notation created by Wikia user Nirvana Supermind.[1] It is a based on recursion, and inputs a string of English letters. It has only this part currently:

The creator clarifies that he or she intends to create at least six other parts:[1]

  • Basic Cascading Alphabet Notation
  • Nested Basic Cascading Alphabet Notation
  • Two-level Cascading Alphabet Notation
  • Cascading Alphabet notation
  • Tetrational Alphabet Notation
  • Arrow Alphabet Notation


Note that the creator is using (single) capital letters to represent variables, and single small letters to mean the actual letters. For example, "A" in this article means a variable instead of the capital 'A', while "a" in this article means the actual letter 'a'.

Warning about page history

The creator has rapidly edited this page by removing or replacing descriptions written by other contributors without giving any discussions in the talk page. For example, the creator replaced MathJax by the math tag,[4][5][6][7][8][9] although this is a violation of policy and they have been essentially requested to stop it by other users.[10][5][6][7][8][9] Note that other pages have been edited in this way by the creator, and have persisted their own preference, as the histories of the articles on all other notations by the creator, i.e. Rampant Array Notation, Extensible Illion System, Quick array notation, and Infra Notation.

More awfully, the creator tend to manipulate articles by adding unsourced descriptions without proofs and removing sourced descriptions. According to the creator, any sources are meaningless[5]. Indeed, the creator wrote "all information here only applies to the old version of the notation.",[4][5][6][7][8][9] even though there are many persistent pieces of information such as the issue clearly pointed out in this article, the most part of the definition, and so on. Later, the creator agreed that the information was wrong,[11] but the creator still repeated to write the same wrong information.[7][8][9] Although another user had clearly pointed out the incorrectness of the information[12] and the creator even reverted the corrections,[5][6] the creator insists the information was just a mistake but not a fake.[11] For details on the creator's manipulation and removal, see the main articles on the other edited notations.

Also, the creator tend to write wrong expectations on the well-definedness or the growth rate by saying "most likely". Unfortunately, this notation is not a counterexample. The creator stated that the notation "most likely" has double-exponential growth rate, but it is elementary to check the incorrectness of the expectation, as we will explain in Growth rate section. For details on the creator's "most likely" expectations, see the main articles on the other notations.

Basic Alphabet Notation

Since the current version shares one issue with the original version and the current version is essentially based on the alternative definition in Alternative definition section, we explain the original definition first.

Original definition

Several information here only applies to the old version of the notation.

The expressions in this notation are of this form:

(ABCDEFGHIJKLMN…)

Here the “ABCDEFGHIJKLMN…” are a sequence of small letters in the Latin alphabet. The wrapping braces are simply to distinguish the expressions from actual words. () is also a valid expression. An example of a valid expression is (abc).

Terminology because they make the definition easier to write:

  1. ord(A) for the letter A is defined as 1 if A = "a" 2 if A = "b" 3 if A = "c" 4 if A = "d" etc.
  2. len(A) for the expression A is defined as is the number of letters in A.
  3. P(A) for the integer A is defined as the Ath prime (zero-based index). So P(0) = 2.

Note that P(A) is ill-defined when A = -1. Every expression is intended to output a large number. To solve a (possibly empty) expression, we need some rules as follows:


  1. () = 1
  2. (#A) = (#)P(len(#)+1)ord(A)


Here # denotes a substring of the current expression. It can also be empty. If there are two or more distinct rules to apply to a single expression, the uppermost-numbered rule which is applicable and whose result is a valid expression will be applied. Although it is not clarified, "A" in rule 2 is a variable which means a single small letter rather than a valid expression, because the creator considers ord(A). Readers should be careful that the creator uses "A" also as variables for a valid expression and an integer, as the defitions of len and P show.


Issues

Unfortunately, the last paragraph of this section is the target of the removal by the creator.[4][5] Since we should not hide an actual feature of the issues, we keep the information.

The description "If there are two or more distinct rules to apply to a single expression, the uppermost-numbered rule which is applicable and whose result is a valid expression will be applied."[2] is weird, because there is no valid expression to which two rules are applicable. Moreover, there are no more rules, while the creator expresses "two or more rules".

According to the creator, it is not an issue because it does not cause a mathematical logical error.[6] However, the point is the weirdness of the redundant explanation rather than the logical error. For example, if we define a number \(X\) as "\(1\) if \(1\) is positive and \(0\) if \(1\) is non-positive", then there is no logical error but everybody except for the creator feels weird.

Moreover, (abc) is intended to coincide with 2250, according to the creator.[2] However, the actual value should be computed in the following way:

(abc) = (ab)P(len(ab)+1)ord(c) = (ab)P(2+1)3 = (ab)73 = (a)P(len(a)+1)ord(b)73
= (a)P(1+1)273 = (a)5273 = ()P(len()+1)ord(a)5273 = ()P(0+1)15273
= ()315273 = 1×315273 = 25725

Therefore the original definition is not compatible with the intended behaviour. Since the creator tends to change either one of the original definition or the intended value, it is not special for a notation by the creator. For examples of the differences of actual values and intended values of notations by the creator, see Extensible Illion System#Example and Infra Notation#Example 3.

Examples

Intended Value

(abc) = 2250

Actual Value

(abc) = 25725

Alternative definition

It is quite elementary to solve the issues explained above: We have only to remove the weird description of the application of two or more rules and change rule 2. In order to make the solution clearer, we explain the precise alternative formulation.

Let \(\mathbb{N}\) denote the set of non-negative integers, and \(T\) the set of formal strings consisting of small letters in the Latin alphabet. For an \(A \in T\), we denote by \(\textrm{len}(A)\) the length of \(A\). For an \(\alpha \in T\) of length \(1\), we denote by \(\textrm{ord}(\alpha)\) the positive integer corresponding to the ordinal numeral of α with respect to the usual ordering of small letters in the Latin alphabet. For example, we have \(\textrm{ord}(a) = 1\), \(\textrm{ord}(b) = 2\), and \(\textrm{ord}(c) = 3\). For an \(n \in \mathbb{N}\), we denote by \(P(n)\) the \((1+n)\)-th prime number. For example, we have \(P(0) = 2\), \(P(1) = 3\), and \(P(2) = 5\).

We define a total computable function \begin{eqnarray*} () \colon T & \to & \mathbb{N} \\ A & \mapsto & (A) \end{eqnarray*} in the following recursive way:

  1. If \(\textrm{len}(A) = 0\), then set \((A) := 1\).
  2. Suppose \(\textrm{len}(A) \neq 0\).
    1. Denote by \(\alpha \in T\) the formal string of length \(1\) given as the rightmost letter of \(A\).
    2. Denote by \(B \in T\) the formal string given by removing the right most letter from \(A\).
    3. Set \((A) := (B)P(\textrm{len}(B))^{\textrm{ord}(\alpha)}\).

The totality follows from the induction on \(\textrm{len}(A)\), and we have \begin{eqnarray*} (abc) & = & (ab)P(\textrm{len}(ab))^{\textrm{ord}(c)} = (ab)P(2)^3 = (ab)5^3 = (a)P(\textrm{len}(a))^{\textrm{ord}(b)}5^3 \\ & = & (a)P(1)^2 5^3 = (a)3^2 5^3 = ()P(\textrm{len}())^{\textrm{ord}(a)}3^2 5^3 = ()P(0)^1 3^2 5^3 \\ & = & ()2^1 3^2 5^3 = 1 \cdot 2^1 3^2 5^3 = 2250, \end{eqnarray*} which is compatible with the creator's intention.

Another possible alternative definition is given by replacing \(P\) by the enumeration of prime numbers with respect to one-based indexing, i.e. \(P(1) = 2\), \(P(2) = 3\), and \(P(3) = 5\), instead of changing rule 2.

Examples

\((abc) = 2250\)

Current definition

After the issues in the original definition are pointed out in Issues secition, the creator updated the definition following the alternative definition in Alternative definition section.

Several information here only applies to the current version of the notation, which is given after the issues on the original definition were pointed out.

The expressions in this notation are of this form:

(ABCDEFGHIJKLMN…)

Here the “ABCDEFGHIJKLMN…” are a sequence of small letters in the Latin alphabet. The wrapping braces are simply to distinguish the expressions from actual words. () is also a valid expression. An example of a valid expression is (abc).

Terminology because they make the definition easier to write:

  1. ord(A) for the letter A is defined as 1 if A = "a" 2 if A = "b" 3 if A = "c" 4 if A = "d" etc.
  2. len(A) for the expression A is defined as is the number of letters in A.
  3. P(A) for the integer A is defined as the Ath prime (zero-based index). So P(0) = 2.

Note that P(A) is ill-defined when A = -1. Every expression output a large number. To solve a (possibly empty) expression, we need some rules as follows:


  1. () = 1
  2. (#A) = (#)P(len(#))ord(A)


Here # denotes a substring of the current expression. It can also be empty. If there are multiple rules to apply to a single expression, the uppermost-numbered rule which is applicable and whose result is a valid expression will be applied. Although it is not clarified, "A" in rule 2 is a variable which means a single small letter rather than a valid expression, because the creator considers ord(A). Readers should be careful that the creator uses "A" also as variables for a valid expression and an integer, as the defitions of len and P show.

Issues

The issue on the weird explanation on the possibility of the application of two or more rules remains, as the creator just rephrased it as If there are multiple rules to apply to a single expression, the uppermost-numbered rule which is applicable and whose result is a valid expression will be applied.

Examples

(abc) = 2250


Growth rate

The following is the analysis by the creator in the original source:[2]

It’s hard to compare the asymptotic growth rate of this notation with the other notations like Fast-growing hierarchy, mainly because they input lists of numbers rather than letters. However, we can use fibonacci word function “S” to convert a number into a string of letters. After I tried some numbers, it looks like (S(N)) is likely asymptotic to f2(f2(N)) (double-exponential growth rate) in the FGH. That’s it for this part of the notation.

However, there is no written explicit definition of S or f2 in the source, the meaning is ambiguous.

Instead, a limit function of the notation is easily given by the map assigning to each \(n \in \mathbb{N}\) the value \((A(n))\) of the formal string \(A(n)\) of length \(n\) consisting of \(z\). There is no difficulty, of which the creator was afraid, in the formulation, and we do not need complicated coding like the Fibonacci word function. Also, it is quite elementary to show an upperbound, thanks to Bertrand's postulate.

Proposition
For any \(n \in \mathbb{N}\), \((A(n)) \leq 10^{4n(n+1)}\) holds with respect to the alternative definition.
Proof
We show the assertion by the induction on \(n\). If \(n = 0\), then we have \((A(n)) = () = 1 = 10^{4n(n+1)}\). Suppose \(n > 0\). We have

\begin{eqnarray*} & & (A(n)) = (A(n-1))P(\textrm{len}(A(n-1)))^{\textrm{ord}(z)} = (A(n-1))P(n-1)^{26} \\ & \leq & (A(n-1)) (2^n)^{26} < ((A(n-1)) 10^{8n} < 10^{4(n-1)n} \times 10^{8n} \\ & = & 10^{4n(n+1)}. \end{eqnarray*}

Similarly, it is possible to obtain a lowerbound of the value for the formal string of length \(n\) consisting of \(a\). In this sense, the asymptotic growth rate of the limit function can be easily estimated.

Later, the creator updated the description.[3] Using the highest possible letters, the Fibonacci word function S is given by the following recursive definition according to the creator: S(0)='y',S(1)='z',S(n) = S(n-1)S(n-2). For example, S(2)='yz'. The creator claims that the function (S(n)) most likely has double-exponential growth rate, because they tested the ratios (S(n))/(S(n-1)) for values 1-14.[3] However, it does not solve the issue that f2 is undefined. Since the creator replaced f2 by f2, he or she might confounded f2 with f2 for some f.

Unfortunately, it is obvious that the resulting function (S(n)) is bounded by \((A(n))\), because \(\textrm{ord}(y) = 25 < 26 = \textrm{ord}(z)\). Therefore the creator's statement that it has double-exponential growth rate or is approximated to \(f_2(f_2(n))\) is a fake, as \((A(n))\) is bounded by \(10^{4n(n+1)}\). Note that the current version is essentially based on the alternative definition, and hence the computation of the upperbound completely works for the current version. As readers might have already known, the creator's "most likely" statements are usually fakes.

See also

Unfortunately, this section is the target of the removal by the creator.[4] Also, the creator somewhy repeating to remove a link to Category:Numbers by Nirvana Supermind.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 Nirvana Supermind. Alphabet Notation.  (Retrieved at UTC 12:00 13/01/2020)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Nirvana Supermind. Basic Alphabet Notation.  (Retrieved at UTC 12:00 13/01/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Nirvana Supermind. Basic Alphabet Notation.  (Retrieved at Wed, 13 Jan 2021 22:44:39 GMT)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 A difference page of this article. (The creator removed a related information on the difference between actual values and intended values, added fake descriptions such as "all information here only applies to the old version of the notation.", replaced the mathjax by math tags, and so on.)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 A difference page of this article. (The creator readded fake descriptions such as "all information here only applies to the old version of the notation." again even though another user explained the incorrectness because of the existence of common factors such as an issue, reordered sections even though the other user explained that the ordering should be kept because they share common explanations, and renamed the section even though the renaming had been reverted by the other user, who originally wrote the section, replaced the mathjax by math tags, even though the creator is requested not to do so without giving discussion in the talk page, by saying Great, so now the description of the section is also "fake blah-blah", even though it 1:1 matches up with the history of the source... Some things never change..)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 A difference page of this article. (The creator repeated the change, by saying Removing math tags that aren't rendering and, following the suggestion on "several" in case another commonality is found, clarifying how "two or more" is normal..)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 A difference page of this article. (The creator silently repeated the change.)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 A difference page of this article. (The creator silently repeated the change.)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 A difference page of this article. (The creator repeated the change, by saying our information is now outdated, as I updated the source's growth rate analysis., although other users have been told so many times that this wiki also correct old information by clarifying that it is old and hence the creator should not remove whatever he or she dislikes without discussion under the invalid excuse "outdated". Moreover, what the creator removed includes many descriptions which are not outdated, and what the creator added includes wrong information "All information here only applies to the old version of the notation.", which has already been denied at the talk page.)
  10. A difference page of the talk page of the creator. (The creator was taught how to change the way to personally display mathematical formulae instead of replacing the mathjax by math tags.)
  11. 11.0 11.1 A difference page of the talk page of this article. (The creator said Fair enough, I will change it to "several informations". However, it was not a fake information, just a mistake.)
  12. A difference page of this article. (A user clarified "Changing the section order in order to solve the fake description "all information blah-blah".)
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