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2020-06-23, 23:08   #55
BillyB

Jun 2020

29 Posts

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 Originally Posted by bsquared I agree with the first but my take on his "explanation" so far is that BillyB(x,0) = x. i.e., a thing of size x cut zero times remains size x. So BillyB(0,0) = 0 by that definition.  but that assumes some definitions... namely that x is the quantity or size of a cuttable object and y is the number of times to cut it into equal pieces. Then BillyB(x,y) = x / (y+1). Physically you can only cut something zero or more times so the domain of the function is >= 0. So, by that definition, there is no dividing by zero possible, by the everyday/ordinary definition of "divide". BillyB is not a division operation but some kind of splitting operation. [edit-edit] I suppose that must mean that x, y are in $\script{N}^0$. The guess at a definition doesn't work otherwise....
Excellent interpretation!