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Popular Article: Abacus

A Chinese abacus
An abacus (plurals abacuses or abaci), also called a counting frame, is a calculating tool for performing arithmetical processes, often constructed as a wooden frame with beads sliding on wires. The user, called an abacist, slides counters by hand on rods or in grooves. It was in use centuries before the adoption of the written Hindu-Arabic numeral system and is still widely used by merchants and clerks in China, Japan, Africa and elsewhere.

The abacus is a simple, inexpensive, yet powerful tool for calculation. Although electronic calculators are replacing it for practical reasons, the use of the abacus continues to be taught in technologically advanced countries such as Japan. Just as with popular board games such as chess, shogi, and go, local, regional, and national competitions in abacus use are held for students.