Counting with Chinese Characters

Counting with Chinese characters

I think the Chinese writing system is somewhat binary, which is quite different from Latin languages. Whether a certain stroke is present or not creates two different characters. For example, without the extra stroke in the middle, 目(eye) becomes 日(sun), and then you add a vertical stroke it becomes 田, which means farmlands.

64 variations with 6 strockes

How many characters can you get with six pre-defined strokes? While, if you consider the presence of stroke as “1”, and absent as “0”, then you will have 64 (111111 in binary) variations.

Real Chinese

How many of these computer generated characters are actually Chinese? The answer is 19. 19 out of 64 is not bad, right?

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