[seqfan] Re: A020497 name needs improvement

Peter Luschny peter.luschny at gmail.com
Wed Jun 5 08:55:29 CEST 2013


>="Charles Greathouse" <charles.greathouse at case.edu>
> What about "The minimal y such that there are n elements of {1, ..., y}
> with fewer than p distinct elements mod p for all prime p."? That way we're
> not relying on conjectures to define the sequence.

> If at all possible the name should describe what the sequence actually is.

It is /always/ possible to define a sequence without recourse to a conjecture.

> what the sequence actually is.

But that's exactly the problem! Nobody can know 'what a sequence actually is'.
You have to circumvent this vagueness.

And it's easy: You just have to describe precisely what you did while
deriving the terms.


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