[seqfan] Re: Lack-a-day

Marc LeBrun mlb at well.com
Thu Dec 2 19:44:02 CET 2010

I think the new top-level search behavior, while well-intentioned, is
causing a lot of needless confusion and ought to be changed.

As I understand it, the new behavior is to show the basic sequence along
with only such other lines as contain terms in the input search query.

That behavior is optimized to reduce irrelevant clutter in scenarios where
the user is doing a very focused search.  However the downside is that
displayed results are shorn of potentially relevant context, which is
critical in other scenarios, especially the common "casual" use case.

It also differs from how popular search engines (Google et al) behave.

It is true that clicking on the A123456 link at the top left of the sequence
gets you to the full entry, but this isn't readily apparent, thus requiring
more special knowledge and an involving an extra step.

My recommendation is to change the "home page" behavior back to displaying
full listings, and provide the new tighter search behavior as an option for
power users.

>="Charles Greathouse" <charles.greathouse at case.edu>

> I think the issue is that he didn't see the full sequence in the
> search results, which was the old behavior.  The new search results
> only show the name and sequence number.  This makes it easier to scan
> through several sequences (especially if some are long) but means that
> for more details you must click on the sequence number.
> Charles Greathouse
> Analyst/Programmer
> Case Western Reserve University
> On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 1:21 PM, Olivier Gerard <olivier.gerard at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Dear Richard,
>> Every OEIS user is entitled to see the whole entry and for
>> such an oldie and goodie, there is much to read.
>> It may be an incorrect link or glitch in the browser you use.
>> Can you try
>> http://oeis.org/A007598
>> <http://oeis.org/A007598>and tell us if you see only the sequence ?
>> Regards,
>> Olivier
>> On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 19:13, Richard Guy <rkg at cpsc.ucalgary.ca> wrote:
>>> Dear all,
>>>          I'm very discouraged at the way OEIS
>>> is going.  I suppose it's just the inevitability
>>> of my old age.  Here is a (final?) contribution,
>>> though recent experience suggests that no-one
>>> will take any notice.
>>>          It seems to me (though my Mother always
>>> told me that I'm not a good looker!) that there
>>> is nothing under A007598 except the bare sequence.
>>> Or is that all I'm allowed to see these days?
>>>          It's a divisibility sequence.  It is
>>> a third order recurring sequence with characteristic
>>> polynomial    x^3 - 2x^2 - 2x + 1,
>>>             roots -1, tau^2, 1/tau^2
>>> generating function  x(1-x)/(1-2x-2x^2+x^3)
>>>          And there must be occurrences in the real
>>> world?
>>>          Goodbye!  It was fun while it lasted.  R.
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