[seqfan] Re: Changes to b-files and the rules [b-file lengths]

Neil Sloane njasloane at gmail.com
Sat Nov 24 05:56:19 CET 2018

I did not agree with Neil Greubel's suggestions about putting restrictions
on b-files.

I did not agree with them, and I do not think we should even mention them
as recommendations.

Best regards

Neil J. A. Sloane, President, OEIS Foundation.
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On Fri, Nov 23, 2018 at 8:16 PM Chris Thompson <cet1 at cam.ac.uk> wrote:

> Extract from Neil Gruber's message of 14 November:
> >3) B-files should have appealing, and generally "nice", lengths. The
> >most often seen lengths are 1000 terms, 2500 in some case when higher
> >amount of terms is time consuming, 5000 and 10000 terms. Term lengths
> >for triangles, for a typical triangle of anti-diagonal, follow the
> >pattern binomial(n+1,2) for n rows. Not-so-nice term lengths may occur
> >when the digit length nears 1000 decimal places sooner than a typical
> >length of 1000 terms.
> (and later)
> >3) A bulletin should be added which reads (or near to) " B-files of
> >length larger than 10000 terms needs to be approved by and EIC unless
> >otherwise directed by an EIC or bureaucrat.
> This caused me to look at b-files that I have submitted in the past with
> un-"nice" lengths. I found essentially two cases:
> A030979 is the n such that C(2n,n) is coprime to 3*5*7. These have a
> distinctly fractal distribution, with large gaps. I think I was planning
> on a b-file of at least 1000 entries, but big gaps occur after 699 values
> and then after 1374. It seemed quite unnatural to chop the b-file off
> in the middle of a cluster.
> There is a set of 10 sequences related to the "sum of n consecutive squares
> equalling a square" problem, which one could arrange as
>    A001032  A001033  A134419  (n values)
>    A007475  A056131     -     (corresponding x values)
>    A076215  A056132     -     (corresponding y values)
>    A274469  A274470  A274471  ("missing" n values)
> The b-files I submitted were for all n values up to 250000 (earlier 30000)
> which makes the lengths not particularly "nice" (and some of them are
> a little over 10000). The values for the different columns are computed
> by a single program (using the Pellian equation described in A134419).
> I suppose it would have been possible to truncate the results to
> individually "nice" lengths, but it didn't seem natural to me at the
> time. In any case, the sequences in the last row ("missing" n values)
> would not have "nice" lengths unless the upper limit chosen were different
> from those in the first row, which seems even less natural.
> --
> Chris Thompson
> Email: cet1 at cam.ac.uk
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