My personal number is 13.
Weyerstrass' personal number is 4.
I give you another one per day until you give me yours.
If it's correct you've won a prize of honour and glory.

I think the problem is to discover the algorithm being used to convert a name to a number. It would be unwise to presume uniqueness of any person's personal number.

Originally posted by geepamoogle I think the problem is to discover the algorithm being used to convert a name to a number. It would be unwise to presume uniqueness of any person's personal number.

You're right. No uniqueness. Just an algorithm.
Your personal number, by the way, is 2.
To show that you know the algoritm, just give me another ones personal number.

Originally posted by FabianFnas You're right. No uniqueness. Just an algorithm.
Your personal number, by the way, is 2.
To show that you know the algoritm, just give me another ones personal number.

The problem is Fabian is that the algorithm will not be unique! You need to specify additional rules. for instance:

Algorithm is: F=5 , a=1, t=3, p=1 all other letters = 0

That works for your 3 examples!

There will be an infinite number of solutions no matter how many examples you give.

Originally posted by greenpawn34 Algorithms is it.

I keep forgetting that just because this is a chess site the problems do
not have to have a chess answer.

You see I tjhought Wyerstrass's 4 was the number of letters in the name
of the first person he played here on Aug 07 2004 - ddoc.

But FF's first game did not match 13.

So I was looking at dates of joining here. first g ...[text shortened]...

Can I be next named to have a clue.
Because I do not have a clue what an algorithm is.

An algorithm is a mathematical formula. For example, if I used the algorithm that an initial is replaced by the number that describes it's places in the alphabet and then multiplied them, my initials would be

ATY = 1 x 20 x 25 = 500

By that algorithm, my personal number would be 500.