[seqfan] Re: A009927 (was Re: "more" keyword)
Joseph Myers
jsm at polyomino.org.uk
Sat Dec 19 00:20:28 CET 2015
On Fri, 18 Dec 2015, Neil Sloane wrote:
> > This does look like G.f.'s for other sequences of this type.
>
> Yes, but I'm not sure if any of them have been proved. Looking back over
> 20 years to this paper:
>
> R. W. Grosse-Kunstleve, G. O. Brunner and N. J. A. Sloane, Algebraic
> Description of Coordination Sequences and Exact Topological Densities for
> Zeolites <http://neilsloane.com/doc/ac96cs/>, Acta Cryst., A52 (1996), pp.
> 879-889,
>
> I can't remember now if the g.f.s given there were empirical or if we
> proved that they were correct. For a chemistry journal the distinction
> didn't matter ....
In Conclusions you say that "However, the results are empirical, as there
is no rigorous mathematical proof that a generating function of the form
(5) must hold for the CS of a periodic structure.".
Proving the generating function is of that form is, I think, not too hard
if you don't care about the proof corresponding to a practical algorithm.
Getting reasonable bounds on the period lengths and when they start, so
that the generating function can be deduced rigorously from the initial
terms, is another matter, although I suspect it might actually be
practical to get rigorous results for these sequences now (I'm pretty sure
it should be practical for the 2-dimensional coordination sequences in
OEIS).
I note that a b-file has now been added for A009927. It's not clear that
b-file was based on the definition of the sequence rather than the
empirical g.f.
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Joseph S. Myers
jsm at polyomino.org.uk
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