# Thread: Special cases in binary conversion

1. Are there any cases where a binary number cannot be converted into an octal number?

2.

3. No.

They are simply different textual representations of the same thing. Each 3 bits of the binary map on to an octal digit.

4. Any complex number can be converted to any base that is an integer greater than one. If not, then the system is flawed. For instance, Roman numerals are flawed because they have no way to express irrational numbers, negatives, or complex numbers.

5. Originally Posted by anticorncob28
Any complex number can be converted to any base that is an integer greater than one. If not, then the system is flawed. For instance, Roman numerals are flawed because they have no way to express irrational numbers, negatives, or complex numbers.
And what is the relevance of all that to the OP??

6. Originally Posted by tk421
Originally Posted by anticorncob28
Any complex number can be converted to any base that is an integer greater than one. If not, then the system is flawed. For instance, Roman numerals are flawed because they have no way to express irrational numbers, negatives, or complex numbers.
And what is the relevance of all that to the OP??
The OP has been answered. anticorncob28 is extending the discussion to explore other issues relating to number systems. That seems reasonable - this is a discussion forum, after all.

7. Originally Posted by John Galt
Originally Posted by tk421
Originally Posted by anticorncob28
Any complex number can be converted to any base that is an integer greater than one. If not, then the system is flawed. For instance, Roman numerals are flawed because they have no way to express irrational numbers, negatives, or complex numbers.
And what is the relevance of all that to the OP??
The OP has been answered. anticorncob28 is extending the discussion to explore other issues relating to number systems. That seems reasonable - this is a discussion forum, after all.
And one cannot simply talk about number conversion in bases without speaking about numbers system itself.....

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