Beefy Boxes and Bandwidth Generously Provided by pair Networks
Welcome to the Monastery

comment on

( #3333=superdoc: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
I don't actually count very much when I'm assessing the quantity of something. I used to do a lot of "counting-" and "estimating-" type problems as a kid for fun, so I picked up a number of shortcuts that I used mentally. They're similar to the types of shortcuts I use when doing my "human calculator" parlor tricks. I kinda just get to the number and go from there.

It's kinda like spanning the whole problemspace in your head and transformating it into the solutionspace in one large transformation. I don't do it as a function mapping two spaces as an algebraist would do ... well, maybe I do but that's not how I conceive of it.

In a way, numbers are just like parts of my body - I don't think of how my fingers move when I type. I think of the words I want to see on the screen and my fingers type the right letters at the right time.

This analogy is actually really close, because I have "typos" in my times tables. 8x7 is 56, but 7x8 is 48. I actually had to specifically memorize 7x8 separate from the rest of the times tables. It's almost like there's a hole in the grid where 7x8 should be. (But that's not how I conceive of it.)

As for the way I think (visual, auditory, kinesthete, synesthete, etc) - I have no idea. I think I'm a balanced blend of all of them, but I don't have the crossover of senses that a synesthete has. I can mimic a photographic memory, but I can play by ear, too.

  • In general, if you think something isn't in Perl, try it out, because it usually is. :-)
  • "What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against?"

In reply to Re: When I count, I think of numbers as... by dragonchild
in thread When I count, I think of numbers as... by ambrus

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
    <code> <a> <b> <big> <blockquote> <br /> <dd> <dl> <dt> <em> <font> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <hr /> <i> <li> <nbsp> <ol> <p> <small> <strike> <strong> <sub> <sup> <table> <td> <th> <tr> <tt> <u> <ul>
  • Snippets of code should be wrapped in <code> tags not <pre> tags. In fact, <pre> tags should generally be avoided. If they must be used, extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor intervention).
  • Want more info? How to link or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.
Log In?

What's my password?
Create A New User
Domain Nodelet?
and the web crawler heard nothing...

How do I use this? | Other CB clients
Other Users?
Others drinking their drinks and smoking their pipes about the Monastery: (2)
As of 2023-03-27 03:20 GMT
Find Nodes?
    Voting Booth?
    Which type of climate do you prefer to live in?

    Results (63 votes). Check out past polls.