[seqfan] Don't forget the Index to the OEIS

Neil Sloane njasloane at gmail.com
Sat May 9 06:12:22 CEST 2020

Dear Seq Fans, we accept about 1000 new sequences each month, often more.

But no one ever remembers to update the Index!  Even I do not do that.

The index is https://oeis.org/wiki/Index
<https://oeis.org/wiki/Index_to_OEIS:_Section_De> and there is a link to it
at the bottom of every OEIS page.

(Remember that in order  to edit the Index, you need to login separately to
the wiki.  And if you are a recent contributor, you might need to ask
admin at oeis.org to give you permission to edit the wiki. )

If someone were to ask me about improvements that are needed to the OEIS, I
would say, *the Index needs a lot of work.*

It is very hard to find sequences that are related to the one you are
looking at.
You can look at the CROSSREFERENCES, and you can click the "refs" tab (VERY

But if the Index were more complete, it would be easier.

The moral of this story is:

if you happen to be studying sequences about a particular subject, look at
the Index, and improve how this subject is covered in the Index.

If you are thinking about sequences related to Recaman's Sequence, for
example,  make sure that all the related sequences you find are mentioned
in the Index under Recaman

And if you submit a new sequence  related to XXX, mention it  (once it is
accepted) in the Index under the XXX entry.


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