Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal Fourier Transform

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Given an integer , there is a smallest base for which the number has the most fours in its representations among all bases. Consider the function that gives such a base for .

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal calls this the "fouriest base" [1], and considers the act of moving from one base to another with more fours to be a "fourier transform".

This Demonstration calculates the fouriest base for all numbers less than a certain limit. Often is the fouriest base for .

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Contributed by: Robert Spencer (September 2016)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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[1] Z. Weinersmith, Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (blog). (Sep 8, 2016) www.smbc-comics.com/index.php?db=comics&id=2874#comic.



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