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A000937 Length of longest simple cycle without chords in the n-dimensional hypercube graph. Also called n-coil or closed n-snake-in-the-box problem.
(Formerly M0995 N0373)
7
0, 4, 6, 8, 14, 26, 48, 96 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

1,2

COMMENTS

This sequence actually gives the length of a longest closed chordless path in the n-dimensional hypercube. To distinguish closed and open paths, newer terminology uses "n-coil" for closed and "n-snake" for open paths. See also A099155.

a(7) was found by exhaustive search by Kochut.

Longest closed achordal path in n-dimensional hypercube.

After 48, lower bounds on the next terms are 96, 180, 344, 630, 1236. - Darren Casella (artdeco42(AT)yahoo.com), Mar 04 2005

REFERENCES

D. Casella and W. D. Potter, "New Lower Bounds for the Snake-in-the-box Problem: Using Evolutionary Techniques to Hunt for Snakes". To appear in 18th International FLAIRS Conference, 2005.

D. Casella and W. D. Potter, "New Lower Bounds for the Snake-in-the-box Problem: Using Evolutionary Techniques to Hunt for Coils". Submitted to IEEE Conference on Evolutionary Computing, 2005.

N. J. A. Sloane, A Handbook of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1973 (includes this sequence).

N. J. A. Sloane and Simon Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1995 (includes this sequence).

Zémor, Gilles. "An upper bound on the size of the snake-in-the-box." Combinatorica 17.2 (1997): 287-298.

LINKS

Table of n, a(n) for n=1..8.

Kevin M. Byrnes, A new method for constructing circuit codes, Bull. ICA, 80 (2017), 40-60.

D. A. Casella and W. D. Potter, New Lower Bounds for the Snake-in-the-box Problem: Using Evolutionary Techniques to Hunt for Snakes.

D. W. Davies, Longest "separated" paths and loops in an N cube, IEEE Trans. Electron. Computers, 14 (1965), 261. [Annotated scanned copy]

Pavel G. Emelyanov, Agung Lukito, On the maximal length of a snake in hypercubes of small dimension Discrete Math. 218 (2000), no. 1-3, 51-59, [From N. J. A. Sloane, Feb 06 2012]

V. Klee, What is the maximum length of a d-dimensional snake?, Amer. Math. Monthly, 77 (1970), 63-65.

Krys J. Kochut, Snake-In-The-Box Codes for Dimension 7, Journal of Combinatorial Mathematics and Combinatorial Computing, Vol. 20, pp. 175-185, 1996.

P. R. J. Ostergard and H. Ville, Exhaustive Search for Snake-in-the-Box Codes, Preprint, 2014, Journal Graphs and Combinatorics archive, Volume 31 Issue 4, July 2015, Pages 1019-1028.

Patric R. J. Östergård, Ville H. Pettersson, On the maximum length of coil-in-the-box codes in dimension 8, Discrete Applied Mathematics, 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.dam.2014.07.010

K. G. Paterson, J. Tuliani, Some new circuit codes, IEEE Trans. Inform. Theory 44, 1305-1309 (1998). [Shows a(8)=98. - N. J. A. Sloane, Apr 06 2014]

Ville Pettersson, Graph Algorithms for Constructing and Enumerating Cycles and Related Structures, Preprint 2015.

W. D. Potter, A list of current records for the Snake-in-the-Box problem.

Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics, Snake.

EXAMPLE

a(4)=8: Path of a longest 4-coil: 0000 1000 1100 1110 0110 0111 0011 0001 0000. See Figure 1 in Kochut.

Solutions of lengths 4,6,8,14 and 26 in dimensions 2..6 from Arlin Anderson (starship1(AT)gmail.com):

0 1 3 2; 0 1 3 7 6 4; 1 3 7 6 14 10 8; 0 1 3 7 6 14 10 26 27 25 29 21 20 16;

0 1 3 7 6 14 10 26 27 25 29 21 53 37 36 44 40 41 43 47 63 62 54 50 48 16;

CROSSREFS

Cf. A099155, length of maximum n-snake.

Sequence in context: A280227 A181978 A302636 * A138001 A239659 A154387

Adjacent sequences:  A000934 A000935 A000936 * A000938 A000939 A000940

KEYWORD

nonn,nice,hard,more

AUTHOR

N. J. A. Sloane

EXTENSIONS

Edited and extended by Hugo Pfoertner, Oct 13 2004

a(8) from Paterson and Tuliani (1998), according to Ostergard and Ville (2014). - N. J. A. Sloane, Apr 06 2014

a(1) changed by Hugo Pfoertner, Aug 01 2015

STATUS

approved

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