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

Tom Duff td at pixar.com
Wed Oct 26 18:27:51 CEST 2011

"T. D. Noe" <noe at sspectra.com> writes

> 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.

There's no reason, other than sucking up more of Russ's valuable time,
that oeis.org couldn't allow uploading of b-files of arbitrary
length, but by default only deliver an initial subsequence, indicated,
say by tweaking the b-file URL syntax.  For example A001235's
b-file link is http://oeis.org/A001235/b001235.txt.  We could have
http://oeis.org/A001235/b001235.txt?count=100 return just the first
100 terms, and present that URL as well wherever the b-file link is
normally presented.  (And we could make compression optional, by something
like http://oeis.org/A001235/b001235.txt?count=inf,compression=zip.  You
can imagine tweaking this idea indefinitely. Formatting options? Arbitrary
bases? Superseeker transformations?)

Tom Duff.  Probably does everything except what you want it to do.

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