[seqfan] Re: "Suggested Projects" page on the wiki

T. D. Noe noe at sspectra.com
Tue Oct 25 08:15:52 CEST 2011

At 7:28 AM +0400 10/25/11, Moshe  Levin wrote:
>But, plz,
>have a look at history of A001235 (Taxi-cabs), where EIC repeatedly
>insisted to replace submitted 20000-term b-file
>(already chopped from 100000-term file!) by "standard 10000".
>Seems that there is no generally approved policy in that Q.
>Regards, ML
>And, while we are here,
>it'd be nice -while one EIC is enough to approve new submissions-
>if TWO EICs will be required to reject:
>it may help to avoid possible misunderstandings between particular EIC and
>And the last but not the least:
>isn't it too much to suggest that EIC shouldn't approve his own submissions -
>as it's usual in professional publications.
>25 ÓÍÚþ·•þ 2011, 00:56 ÓÚ "N. J. A. Sloane" <njas at research.att.com>:
>> However, I strongly disagree with your suggestion
>> that b-files should be curtailed to a standard length. The b-files
>> contain the results of extensive computations.
>> Neil

(I have been submitting sequences for about 10 years.  I have been editing
sequences for about a year.)

As I said before, limits are a good thing when it comes to b-files.  There
are many reasons for this:

In general, every doubling of the b-file size cuts the response time in
half.  For many sequences, it is easy to submit b-files with 10^6 terms.
Is seeing that many terms good?  No, it is a waste of people's time to wait
for such a large file.  And you lose detail when you view a file having
more than about 10000 terms.

If the sequence is interesting, why not upload a _plot_ of 10^6 terms?  I
have done that with a few sequences.  You can always add a link to the
actual 10^6 terms. But don't make it a b-file.  Except for a few cases, I
doubt that OEIS wants such potentially large files.

For many (most) sequences, the interesting things happen either never or at
the beginning of the sequence.  There are the relatively few sequences that
do not follow this rule.  If we do not have limits, users will submit 10^5
or 10^6 or 10^7 terms to see their name in print.  Again, if a sequence is
that interesting to you, then upload a plot, do research, etc.

Best regards,


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