[seqfan] Re: A139414
benoit.jubin at gmail.com
Mon Feb 2 22:26:34 CET 2009
After having used the OEIS and its webcam for a while, I think there
are hundreds, even thousands, of totally uninteresting sequences in
the OEIS. I first thought they were a stain on the OEIS, making
exterior people think it was a place crowded with numerologists and
pseudo-scientists. And this puzzled me since I appreciate much this
wonderful tool and the work of all its editors and contributors.
Nevertheless, I think that these sequences should remain, because of
the 'E' of OEIS, that is, the will to be encyclopedic, or universal,
even towards the less interesting. Also, we never know if a sequence
won't turn out to be of particular interest in the future (the history
of mathematics is filled with such examples).
This was my humble opinion, somewhere between the clumsy and the
obvious. Also, I'm aware that sometimes, considering a sequence
uninteresting only reveals my ignorance.
On Mon, Feb 2, 2009 at 8:04 AM, N. J. A. Sloane <njas at research.att.com> wrote:
> I already deleted A139414 and A155814 once,
> but three people objected (Bagula, Smith, Seidov), so I
> reinstated them. That was sufficient reason, I felt.
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