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Yo11
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May 19th, 2013 at 7:18:46 PM permalink
EDIT: I should have called it American Standard v European Standard. Edits to make it so.

To me, metric is nearly perfect. A base-10 system with nearly no imperfections. Except their use of commas as decimal markers. European Standardization (EDIT: separate from metric) uses commas as thousands markers, which seems odd. One hundred fifty one thousand seven hundred nineteen point three is

American Standard: 151,719.3
European Standard: 151.719,3

I personally like to think of the commas as they might be used in a non-numeric sense. The comma represents a break in the flow of a sentence, and the period the end. In the case of numbers, the number 1 is the perfect separation point and thus should be the point after which is the end of the sentence. What do you think?
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24Bingo
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May 19th, 2013 at 8:07:15 PM permalink
...I think BIPM are neutral on that, aren't they? It's not "metric," just European.

(But what they're not neutral on is that neither commas nor periods should be used to mark thousands, but spaces or nothing. It doesn't matter much, since the system lends itself well to scientific notation, anyway.)
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Nareed
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May 19th, 2013 at 9:05:50 PM permalink
Quote: Yo11

To me, metric is nearly perfect. A base-10 system with nearly no imperfections. Except their use of commas as decimal markers. One hundred fifty one thousand seven hundred nineteen point three is



Not really. That's the European convention for some reason. In Mexico it's 151,719.30

Besides, numbers are not metric.
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DJTeddyBear
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May 20th, 2013 at 5:56:06 AM permalink
A lot of it is based upon what you grew up with.

As I grew up I knew Metric was better than Imperial for weights and measures. But since the entire country was using Imperial, I didnt fight it.


But the differing number system was unknown to me until much later.

Years ago I would have voted for the American number system. Now, not so much.

In this Internet age, periods are used as non-delimiting seperators. Commas are delimiters and other seperators. Therefore, the European number system seems to make more sense.

I therefore abstain from voting.
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kubikulann
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May 21st, 2013 at 8:14:39 AM permalink
No vote.
I think neither periods nor commas should be used as separators. Separators of what? There is nothing objectively distinguishing the nature of 103 and 104, is there?

As for decimals, your question goes with those:
- do you write $ 100 or 100 $?
- how do you prefer writing the number of combinations of k among n? (nk) American-style or Ckn French-style?
- what is the meaning of "billion"? 109 American-style or 1012 French-style?
- why put a space before ":" or "?" in French but not in English?
- why begin a spoken line by a dash in French and a quote in English?
- why do you not call "football" the sport that all the world calls "football" but instead a sport that is played nowhere else in the world?
- why is an exclusively American sport event called "World Series"?
- why do you write "Yeltsin" and we write "Eltsine"?
- why do you write "Murasheed" and we write "Mourachid"?

Well, you got my point. De coloribus non disputandumst.
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