[seqfan] Re: Guided browsing of the OEIS based upon personal preferences?

Jonathan Post jvospost3 at gmail.com
Sun Oct 25 18:06:04 CET 2009

I agree that the [to me primary] purpose of mathematics is Insight.
Most of the seqs that I dislike show no insight, into something beyond
that seq itself, usually not even to crosslistings, nor paper
documents in the literature, nor to the on-line literature beyond
OEIS, nor self-insight (introspection). I make a conscious effort to
read good-looking seqs outide of my "comfort zone" of prior academic
experience.  Perhaps more important, I make a conscious effort to
generate and complete (xrefs, hotlinks, bibliography) seqs in areas
that I'd ignored while earning first few degrees in universities,
which I am expanding my mind to partially understand today.

A personalized pattern- and meta-data tool that helps me find good
seqs to read, helps me use OEIS as collaborationware, and/or helps me
to use OEIS as a teaching tool in the classroom, and helps me thus to
generate interesting, beautiful, or fruitful seqs is the set of
strategic goals which I feel overwhelm many tactical considerations.

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