[seqfan] Re: Too many boring sequences

Alonso Del Arte alonso.delarte at gmail.com
Tue May 4 02:37:43 CEST 2010

Almost any time I use Mathematica, I wind up with many sequences of
integers, rationals and sometimes even irrationals. (I was missing
Mathematica, last week I didn't get to use it at all because I don't have it
at work nor at home).

Half of those sequences turn out to be wrong because I misunderstood the
concept I was investigating or because I messed up the computational logic
by incorrectly nesting one of the steps (and that's when I don't create an
infinite loop). Like this morning, I was trying to compute Hilbert primes
but I was using the built-in GCD, which as you know, operates on Z rather
than H. As you can imagine, the sequence I was getting was primes of the
form 4k + 1 with a 9 stuck in between 5 and 13, but with none of the
"composite" Hilbert primes. That sequence is not in the OEIS

On Mon, May 3, 2010 at 2:22 PM, N. J. A. Sloane <njas at research.att.com>wrote:

> Dear Sequence Fans and the "Usual Suspects"
> As you know, since October 2009, the OEIS is owned by the
> OEIS Foundation.  However, because the OEIS Wiki is not
> operational, I still have to process every sequence myself.
> The number of emails I'm getting each day is now over 200
> (this includes comments and new submissions, but not spam).
> Some of you have been abusing the system, by submitting
> huge numbers of uninteresting sequences, most of which
> need editing.  I have been very lenient this year
> (up to the end of April). But this has to stop.
> Today I rejected many sequences that were submitted in the past
> three days, and I will continue to do this.
> As always, sequences that arise from real problems are always welcome,
> as is an occasional well-formatted sequence which is a variation
> on an existing sequence.
> Neil Sloane
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