How do you say π^π^π?

September 15, 2014

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Well, not that you really probably want to know how to say such an absurdly large number. However for those of you who are interested (allowing for rounding) it is:

one quintillion, three hundred forty quadrillion, one hundred sixty-four trillion, one hundred eighty-three billion, six million, three hundred thirty-nine thousand, eight hundred forty
And yes you can find out how to write your very own absurdly long numbers as well in R! I have adapted John Fox's numbers2words function in order to allow for both absurdly long words as well as decimals. We can see some examples below:
> number2words(.1)
[1] "one tenths"
> number2words(94.488)
[1] "ninety-four and four hundred eighty-eight thousandths"
> number2words(-12187.1, proper=T)
[1] "minus twelve thousand, one hundred eighty-seven and one tenths"
[2] "12,187.1"
> number2words(123)
[1] "one hundred twenty-three"

You can find the code on github

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