[seqfan] Re: A032435 and A032436 Josephus problem data mismatch

Neil Sloane njasloane at gmail.com
Mon Jun 22 04:52:31 CEST 2020

The refs for A032435 are Ball-Coxeter, and one of Kraitchik's books.  I
checked Ball-Coxeter, but it was not helpful (though I only skimmed it).
I have three of Kraitchik's books, but apparently not that one.  So that
would be the next place to check.  Maybe it is online somewhere?

Best regards

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On Sun, Jun 21, 2020 at 9:51 PM Sean A. Irvine <sairvin at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> The triangles in A032434 through A032436 concern the Josephus problem.
> That's the problem where n people stand in a circle and then you go round
> and round killing every k-th person until nearly everyone is dead.
> The data in A032435 and A032436 do not match what I expect.
> There are links from these sequences into Mathworld.  The Mathworld entry
> contains two triangles which do contain the data I expect and which also
> point back to these OEIS entries.  Neither of the triangles in the
> Mathworld entry actually seem to be present in the OEIS.
> However, we don't simply want to replace the existing data in A032435 and
> A032436, since the current data values are likely related to this problem
> somehow.  I spent a couple of hours looking at the current data values and
> could not determine an explanation, perhaps someone else will have more
> success.
> Sean.
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