Pao system

What is PAO system ? How to learn it?


PAO stands for Person, Action, Object. It is a way to turn numbers (among other things) into images, is a way that puts a lot of digits together by turning numbers into three possible aspects of an image.

Normally, you have a number, for example 68. That number could be Sherlock Holmes. You place Sherlock holmes on your locus or peg and you move on to the next number, which you place on the next locus/peg. This way, every place has a 2-digit number.

In PAO, 68 is not just Sherlock Holmes, because we also add an action and object. 68 becomes “Sherlock Holmes smoking a pipe”.

To show how it works, we need to add two more images.
15 = Albert Einstein writing on a chalkboard
80 = Santa Claus feeding a reindeer

When looking at the number 681580, that would normally be three images on three loci, Sherlock Holmes, Albert Einstein and Santa. Using PAO, this becomes one image.

The first digits (68) tell the person, the second digits (15) tell the action and the third digits (80) tell the object.

So we would get:
Sherlock Holmes writing on a reindeer.

That is one image that we can place on one locus or peg, saving us a lot of space when having to remember longer numbers.

To learn it, start by making a list of the persons you want for the numbers in your system. Usually people start with a 2-digit system, so you want persons for 00 to 99. most use the major system, dominic system or category system to create those images.

When you have that, you have to add a different action and object to each of your persons. So you end up with 100 different persons, 100 different actions and 100 different objects


Here are some more pages about the PAO system: