[seqfan] Set operations (was Re: binary expansion 1+0*)
franktaw at netscape.net
franktaw at netscape.net
Mon Mar 22 22:46:35 CET 2010
A quick survey of 100 random sequences (using WebCam) found that 61
were (or appeared to be) sets in increasing order, 3 were sets, but not
in order, and 36 were not sets. (I didn't count, but perhaps a dozen of
the non-sets failed to be sets only by repetition of 2 or more zeros at
the start.)
That doesn't leave much room for a majority of the OEIS to represented
by set operations from some core. My guess would be that no more than
about 10% can be so defined, maybe significantly less.
Franklin T. Adams-Watters
-----Original Message-----
From: Charles Greathouse <charles.greathouse at case.edu>
More generally, I wonder how many sequences can be defined as A union
B, A intersect B, or A setminus B for A, B other sequences in the
OEIS. Call a "core" of the OEIS is a collection C of sequences from
which all other OEIS sequences can be defined as A union B, A
intersect B, or A setminus B for A for A and B in C. I imagine a
minimum core of the OEIS would contain a minority of the sequences.
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