# [seqfan] Divisor chains

Chuck Seggelin seqfan at plastereddragon.com
Tue May 4 05:25:00 CEST 2004

```Sorry for the double-post... for n=25 there are 1589 chains.  First 25 terms
are therefore:

1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 5, 4, 3, 2, 8, 4, 6, 47, 44, 6, 37, 6, 166, 462, 232,
372, 2130, 1589

-- Chuck

----- Original Message -----
From: "Chuck Seggelin" <seqfan at plastereddragon.com>
To: "Richard Guy" <rkg at cpsc.ucalgary.ca>; "Math Fun"
<math-fun at mailman.xmission.com>; <seqfan at ext.jussieu.fr>
Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 11:13 PM
Subject: Re: [seqfan] Divisor chains

> Wrote a litte recursive Maple code to solve this problem.  My output
agrees
> with Richards for n from 1 to 9 and 11.  For n=10 I find 3 chains
(Richard's
> + 2), for n=12 I find 8 chains (Richard's + 3), for n=13 I find 4
(Richard's
> 4'th n=13 chain includes "3" twice), for n=14 I find 6 chains (Richard's +
> 2).  Other than the errant chain for 13, the chains Richard provides
appear
> to be correct.
>
> This makes the sequence up to 14 look like this:
>
> 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 5, 4, 3, 2, 8, 4, 6
>
> From there on the values start getting much larger (here is n=15 to n=24):
>
> 47, 44, 6, 37, 6, 166, 462, 232, 372, 2130
>
> If anyone is interested I'm happy to share the code.  I'm waiting on n=25
> right now.  The trend is generally upward so I suspect there are MANY
chains
> for n=25.
>
> Given how many chains there are for these numbers, I would expect the
number
> of chains for n=37 to be pretty high, although for some primes (such as 17
> and 19) there are small numbers of chains.  Richard do you suggest n=37
> because you believe there to be very few chains?
>
>             -- Chuck
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Richard Guy" <rkg at cpsc.ucalgary.ca>
> To: "Math Fun" <math-fun at mailman.xmission.com>; <seqfan at ext.jussieu.fr>
> Sent: Monday, May 03, 2004 4:20 PM
> Subject: [seqfan] Divisor chains
>
>
> > The following might be an acceptable sequence
> > for Neil Sloane's OEIS, but someone needs to
> > do some work
> >
> > 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 12 13 14 ...
> > 1  1  1  1  1  1  1  5  4  1  2  5  5  4 ...
> >
> > It arises from a problem I got recently from
> >
> > If the sequence of numbers from  1  to  37,
> > is arranged so that each term is a divisor
> > of the sum of preceding ones, starting
> >                  37, 1, ...
> > what is the next term?
> >
> > The answer is either  2  or  19.  P'r'aps
> > I won't spoil your fun by pointing out
> > which.  But I will spoil it by asking:
> > How do you know that there is such a
> > `divisor chain' ?
> >
> > The sequence is (my present state of knowledge
> > of) the number of divisor chains of length  n.
> > Here are the ones I found
> >
> > 1        2 1         3 1 2        4 2 3 1
> >
> > 5 1 2 4 3     6 2 4 3 5 1     7 1 2 5 3 6 4
> >
> > 8  2  5  3  6  4  7  1
> > 8  4  2  7  3  1  5  6
> > 8  4  2  7  3  6  5  1
> > 8  4  3  5  1  7  2  6
> > 8  4  6  3  7  2  5  1
> >
> > 9  1  2  4  8  6  5  7  3
> > 9  1  2  6  3  7  4  8  5
> > 9  3  4  8  6  5  7  2  1
> > 9  3  6  2  1  7  4  8  5
> >
> > 10  2  4  8  3  9  6  7  1  5
> >
> > 11  1  2  7  3  8  4  9  5  10  6
> > 11  1  4  8  6  10  5  9  2  7  3
> >
> > 12  2  1  5  10  3  11  4  8  7  9  6
> > 12  2  7  3  8  4  9  5  10  6  11  1
> > 12  3  5  10  2  8  4  11  1  7  9  6
> > 12  4  8  3  9  6  2  11  5  10  7  1
> > 12  4  8  6  10  5  9  2  7  3  11  1
> >
> > 13  1  2  8  3  9  4  10  5  11  6  12  7
> > 13  1  2  8  6  10  4  11  5  12  9  3  7
> > 13  1  2  8  6  10  4  11  5  3  9  12  7
> > 13  1  2  8  12  4  10  5  11  3  9  3  7
> > 13  1  2  8  12  4  10  5  11  6  9  3  7
> >
> > 14  2  8  6  10  4  11  5  3  9  12  7  13  1
> > 14  2  8  6  10  4  11  5  12  9  3  7  13  1
> > 14  2  8  12  4  10  5  11  6  9  3  7  13  1
> > 14  2  8  12  9  3  4  13  1  11  7  6  10  5
> >
> > Enough sins of omission, to say nothing of
> > commission, for today.  Please check and extend.
> > Any ideas for proving anything?      R.
> >
> >
>
>

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