Research Article of American Journal of Computer Sciences and Applications
ADOPTION OF IFÁ AS A COMPUTER-BASED INFORMATION SYSTEM
Yusuf Lateef Oladimeji1*; Ibharalu, Friday Thomas1; Emmanuel, Jadesola Adejoke2
1Department of Computer Science, College of Physical Sciences, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
2Department of Mathematical Sciences, Achievers University, Owo, Nigeria
Ifá scholars have primarily focused on its sociological and linguistic aspects while the scientific and computer aspects have been variously neglected. This paper explored the mathematical and computer model of Ifá corpus, which will assist Ifá priests to use the oracular process to simulate Ikin (the sixteen sacred palm nuts) and Ọ̀pẹ̀lẹ̀ (the divining bead chain) on the way to produce Odù (Ifá poetries) signatures. Each signature links the 256 Odùs in the database which invariably retrieved the corresponding verses with conforming sacrifices or advices. Microsoft Visual Studio.Net Express 2018 Community Edition on Window 10 Professional, 64-bit Operating System with Intel core duo CPU at 2.60 GHz, 12 GB memory was used to implement Ifá Application Tool (IAT). IAT interface supported Ikin and Ọ̀pẹ̀lẹ̀ simulation, the manual inscription of Odù signature, display of verses, stories, advises and recommended sacrifices. Usability testers scored the tool high in the ease of finding information within the user interface while it was above average in the skill to capture essential features for Odù divination accomplishments. This model supported Ifá professionals to make informed decisions and assessment by eliminating the level of ambiguity to interpret Odù corpus with a clear demarcation of its meanings.
Keywords: Ifá; Odù-Ifá; Usability Testing; Bernoulli trial; Ifá Application Tool; Yoruba Traditional Religion
How to cite this article:
Yusuf Lateef Oladimej; Ibharalu, Friday Thomas; Emmanuel, Jadesola Adejoke, ADOPTION OF IFÁ AS A COMPUTER-BASED INFORMATION SYSTEM. American Journal of Computer Sciences and Applications, 2019; 2:19. DOI: 10.28933/ajcsa-2019-06-3005
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