Ascher Databook Notes:
  1. By spacing and color patterning, the khipu is separated into 3 parts : part 1 is 3 groups, and parts 2 and 3 are 7 groups each.
    1. Part 1: Assuming that position 10 in group 1 is non-existent, this part consists of 3 groups of 20 pendants each. The color pattern is the same for all 3 groups (with the exception of position 17 in group 3). In all 3 groups, subsidiaries appear only in positions 3, 8,9, 11, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20.
    2. Parts 2 and 3:
      1. Each part is basically 7 groups of 18 pendants. The exceptions of 2 groups with 19 pendants are systematic. The 6th group in each part has an additional W pendant between positions 7 and 8.
      2. Each group in parts 2 and 3 has the same color pattern (with the exception of position 8 in groups 4 and 5 and position 18 in group 4). The color pattern is the same as in part 1 with the systematic difference that positions 5 and 8 of the part 1 pattern do not exist. Thus, there are 18 pendants in each group in parts 2 and 3 as compared to 20 pendants in each group in part 1. Also, while the color in position 19 of the groups in part 1 are B, in parts 2 and 3, the comparable position is BD.
      3. Subsidiaries on pendants in parts 2 and 3 are on a subset of the positions they are on in part 1. Namely, subsidiaries are only on positions comparable to positions 9,15,16,18,20 of part 1.
  2. Many values are uncertain due to breakage. However, we hypothesize that, position by position, values in group 1 of part 1 are related to the sums of values in groups 2 and 3 while values in groups 2 and 3 are related to sums of values in parts 2 and 3 respectively.