For those here who do not know me, my name is Lance, and I’m an American MA. One thing I enjoy is building or more often merely contemplating complex systems. Just the fact that a system can be complex, useful, and ultimately understood is intellectually stimulating in its realization, and the creation of such a system is intellectually fulfilling, especially when a system is brought about by altering standard rules in a new and creative way that had so far been unforeseen. An excellent example is what Ben did with the major system. Another example is what Hannes did with the fundamental 2-card principle of the Ben System, and a third example is a 2-card system that I have developed out of Hannes’ ideas, and Ben’s by proxy I guess you could say.
You can search for the shadow system and read my thread about how I decided to set up the phonetics for a 2 card system with only 1352 images (following in Hannes’ footsteps as far as using only 1352 card pairs). This ten digit binary system is built for the user of the shadow system. The shadow system is built in such a way that the 1352 can be expanded to a full 2704 system, which is what I have done myself, though it is not at all necessary.
The advantage of a 10-digit binary system over all others is that for every locus that is forgotten, all three images in a single locus even, 30 points are deducted from the overall score. This is not so important in 5 minute binary, where we strive to get everything correct. But in 30 minute binary, Ben, the long time world record holder, doesn’t care if he gets them all right. To be more precise, he doesn’t even try. Why should he, when he can encode so many digits that the errors along the way add up to a minimal penalty overall. I believe in theory that the 3x3 method of binary is the best for speed if a person can learn to see all 512 images as shapes. It will be faster. In 30 minute binary however, placing 10 images across 3 rows means if any 1 of those ten images is forgotten, up to 90 points can be deducted. It’s fast, but you had better not mess up often or it will be a great detriment to your score.
The Ben System is big. It’s extremely ambitious. It’s hard to make, hard to learn, and requires maintenance. It’s great. But not everyone wants to do it.
He starts with a consonant for each of the 16 possible suit pairs, then a vowel for the first card, and a final consonant for the second.
In a 4-3-3 binary pattern, there are 16 possible beginnings:
Each of these could be assigned the 16 suit pairs’ consonants. Then the 3-3 after that will be the vowel and consonant of the first and second card, and so there is a 100% overlap in images. But to build those 1024 in that fashion without carrying the full Ben System would be wasteful in my opinion. It wouldn’t even give you a 3-digit system to use, nor a full 2-card system, nor even a 1352 2-card system as far as I can tell, though there may be a way around that latter statement. I don’t care to give it any thought because I will not be doing it myself, but that’s just food for thought, neither here nor there.
My 10-digit binary formulation does require images over and above the original 1352. But only perhaps 8 or 16 new images. I’m not completely sure how many because I didn’t fill those images out yet and I’m not concerned to answer the question now. Though the answer may naturally arise by the end of this post.