# What's the largest number you can come up with?

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[b]Write/describe the largest finite number you possibly can in one post.[/b] You may use any amount of functions, numbers, or operations you know of or can come up with. As long as your number is unambiguously expressed, it counts. [b]Please do not use any references (google/books/calculators/etc.)[/b] Just your noggin' if you please! Of course you can work stuff out on a piece of paper if you need, but I'd prefer to see what people come up with without consulting any references outside their brain.
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This is an interesting experiment I recently did with one of my classes and I'd love to see what people come up with here.

After this goes on for awhile, I'll post some of the more clever answers my students gave.

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1 + ?
? page : pages(http://www.gamedev.net/topic/607302-whats-the-largest-number-you-can-come-up-with)
? post : posts(page) | post ? this
eval(equation(post))
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Well there's always calling [url=http://www.xkcd.com/207/]the Ackermann function with Graham's number[/url].

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rip-off: I think you will enjoy the equation in this post:

-1 times the Ackermann function of Graham's number.

(In other words, SiCrane is winning).

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Does a googol count as unambiguous?

I would say googolplex^ googolplex

42

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[quote name='Ezbez' timestamp='1311866573' post='4841647']
-1 times the Ackermann function of Graham's number.
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[quote name='rip-off' timestamp='1311866335' post='4841642']
[code]
1 + ?
? page : pages(http://www.gamedev.net/topic/607302-whats-the-largest-number-you-can-come-up-with)
? post : posts(page) | post ? this
eval(equation(post))
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Wouldn't you also be disqualified if someone quoted this formula since it would no longer be a finite number?

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[quote name='SiCrane' timestamp='1311870464' post='4841683']
[quote name='rip-off' timestamp='1311866335' post='4841642']
[code]
1 + ?
? page : pages(http://www.gamedev.net/topic/607302-whats-the-largest-number-you-can-come-up-with)
? post : posts(page) | post ? this
eval(equation(post))
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Wouldn't you also be disqualified if someone quoted this formula since it would no longer be a finite number?
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Could pass the depth of recursion as an argument and terminate with a finite number at a certain depth.

But I was hoping for posts that didn't reference other posts

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a bazzilion gillion zillion

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[list][*]Get maximum storage space allowed for one forum post, or remaining hard drive space on the forum server, whichever is smaller.[*]Determine ZLIB block representing the most possible 0xFF bytes in a row.[*]Repeat this ZLIB block until there is no more space available.[/list]NOTE: The uncompressed data is to be interpreted in unsigned form.

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[quote name='sooner123' timestamp='1311865579' post='4841633']
[b]Write/describe the largest finite number you possibly can in one post.[/b] You may use any amount of functions, numbers, or operations you know of or can come up with. As long as your number is unambiguously expressed, it counts. [b]Please do not use any references (google/books/calculators/etc.)[/b] Just your noggin' if you please! Of course you can work stuff out on a piece of paper if you need, but I'd prefer to see what people come up with without consulting any references outside their brain.
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This is an interesting experiment I recently did with one of my classes and I'd love to see what people come up with here.

After this goes on for awhile, I'll post some of the more clever answers my students gave.
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Easy. I would use three strings with various operations and algorithm to display it. Pretty easy, but I will not release my new top secret patented copyrighted trademark. As a matter of fact I would recommend using that for games because using 32 bit floating point values just for calculations and displaying seems a bit too much now unless someone needs to cram more than a million floating point values in their test application

cheers!

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[quote name='Nypyren' timestamp='1311872522' post='4841709']
[list][*]Get maximum storage space allowed for one forum post, or remaining hard drive space on the forum server, whichever is smaller.[*]Determine ZLIB block representing the most possible 0xFF bytes in a row.[*]Repeat this ZLIB block until there is no more space available.[/list]NOTE: The uncompressed data is to be interpreted in unsigned form.

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Your post started out so promising. Then you didn't know about the busy beaver and I was disappointed.

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The number of times I have played StarCraft.

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[quote name='sooner123' timestamp='1311875849' post='4841734']
[quote name='Nypyren' timestamp='1311872522' post='4841709']
[list][*]Get maximum storage space allowed for one forum post, or remaining hard drive space on the forum server, whichever is smaller.[*]Determine ZLIB block representing the most possible 0xFF bytes in a row.[*]Repeat this ZLIB block until there is no more space available.[/list]NOTE: The uncompressed data is to be interpreted in unsigned form.

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Your post started out so promising. Then you didn't know about the busy beaver and I was disappointed.
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Yeah, I'm definitely more implementation-oriented than theory-oriented and don't have the slightest clue what a busy beaver is. It was dangerous for me to post in a theory-oriented thread, wasn't it?

Aleph.

Plus one.

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The largest valid response in this thread, +1.

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[quote name='Antheus' timestamp='1311881368' post='4841788']
Aleph.

Plus one.
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Which Aleph? Either way, it's infinite.

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[quote name='Luckless' timestamp='1311881880' post='4841793']
The largest valid response in this thread, +1.
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Unless you're acknowledging that your response will not be valid. Because if yours is valid, then you will have to add 1 ad infinitum.

12.

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[quote name='sooner123' timestamp='1311882010' post='4841795']
[quote name='Luckless' timestamp='1311881880' post='4841793']
The largest valid response in this thread, +1.
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Unless you're acknowledging that your response will not be valid. Because if yours is valid, then you will have to add 1 ad infinitum.
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Only if you insist on looping over this for no reason.

Run through the thread and find the largest valid response. (It isn't mine to start with, because "The largest Valid Response in this Thread" is not, by itself, a number.) Take that value, add 1.

Operation complete, there is no reason to repeat the procedure.

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[quote name='Luckless' timestamp='1311885803' post='4841832']
[quote name='sooner123' timestamp='1311882010' post='4841795']
[quote name='Luckless' timestamp='1311881880' post='4841793']
The largest valid response in this thread, +1.
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Unless you're acknowledging that your response will not be valid. Because if yours is valid, then you will have to add 1 ad infinitum.
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Only if you insist on looping over this for no reason.

Run through the thread and find the largest valid response. (It isn't mine to start with, because "The largest Valid Response in this Thread" is not, by itself, a number.) Take that value, add 1.

Operation complete, there is no reason to repeat the procedure.
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Sorry. You're just wrong.

rip-off did it correctly.

It's not about amount of loops. If you "loop through" once or twice or any amount of times, at the end, yours will then be the largest value in the thread, yet it was defined as the largest value in the thread + 1, and doesn't satisfy its own definition.

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Seriously? "Just wrong", based on what?

Make a list of numbers from 1 to 10.
Find the largest and add 1 to it.
Append new value to the end of the list.

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I've never use BigInteger or any of the equivilants in any language, so my answer is 2^64. If I need a number bigger than that, I probably wont be displaying it without exponents, and so will not be able to "see" the number, let alone give it a name.

I did once implement an infinite-length integer calculator program in pascal, in college, as a programming assignment. But, I never bothered to test it beyond 50 digits, and I cant remember any of those numbers.

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[quote name='speciesUnknown' timestamp='1311893132' post='4841893']
I've never use BigInteger or any of the equivilants in any language, so my answer is 2^64. If I need a number bigger than that, I probably wont be displaying it without exponents, and so will not be able to "see" the number, let alone give it a name.

I did once implement an infinite-length integer calculator program in pascal, in college, as a programming assignment. But, I never bothered to test it beyond 50 digits, and I cant remember any of those numbers.
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You might mean 2^64 - 1