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 for positional representation
From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  positional representation
  
      The conventional way of writing numbers as a
     string of digits in which each digit, D, has value D * R^I,
     where R is the radix or (number) base and I is the digit's
     position counting leftward from zero at the least significant
     (right-hand) end.  Each digit can be zero to R-1.  Each
     position has a weight or significance R times greater than the
     position to its right and the right-most place has a weight of
     one.
  
     Decimal numbers are radix ten, binary numbers are radix two,
     octal radix eight and hexadecimal radix 16.
  
     Positional representation makes arithmetic operations on large
     numbers much easier than, say, roman numerals.  It is
     fundamental to the binary representation used by digital
     computers.
  
     (2006-11-10)
  

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