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A001011 Number of ways to fold a strip of n blank stamps.
(Formerly M1455 N0576)
1, 1, 2, 5, 14, 38, 120, 353, 1148, 3527, 11622, 36627, 121622, 389560, 1301140, 4215748, 14146335, 46235800, 155741571, 512559195, 1732007938, 5732533570, 19423092113, 64590165281, 219349187968, 732358098471 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)



M. Gardner, Mathematical Games, Sci. Amer. Vol. 209 (No. 3, Mar. 1963), p. 262.

N. J. A. Sloane, A Handbook of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1973 (includes this sequence - see entry 576, Fig. 17, and the front cover).

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


N. J. A. Sloane, Table of n, a(n) for n = 1..45 [from S. Legendre, 2013]

B. Bobier and J. Sawada, A fast algorithm to generate open meandric systems and meanders, Transactions on Algorithms, Vol. 6 No. 2 (2010) 12 pages.

S. P. Castell, Computer Puzzles, Computer Bulletin, March 1975, pages 3, 33, 34. [Annotated scanned copy]

Santo Diano, Letter to N. J. A. Sloane, circa Dec 01 1979

R. Dickau, Stamp Folding

R. Dickau, Stamp Folding [Cached copy, pdf format, with permission]

R. Dickau, Unlabeled Stamp Foldings

R. Dickau, Unlabeled Stamp Foldings [Cached copy, pdf format, with permission]

J. E. Koehler, Folding a strip of stamps, J. Combin. Theory, 5 (1968), 135-152.

J. E. Koehler, Folding a strip of stamps, J. Combin. Theory, 5 (1968), 135-152. [Annotated, corrected, scanned copy]

S. Legendre, Foldings and Meanders, arXiv preprint arXiv:1302.2025 [math.CO], 2013.

S. Legendre, Foldings and Meanders, Aust. J. Comb. 58(2), 275-291, 2014.

David Orden, In how many ways can you fold a strip of stamps?, 2014.

Frank Ruskey, Information on Stamp Foldings

J. Sawada and R. Li, Stamp foldings, semi-meanders, and open meanders: fast generation algorithms, Electronic Journal of Combinatorics, Volume 19 No. 2 (2012), P#43 (16 pages).

N. J. A. Sloane, Illustration of initial terms (Fig. 17 of the 1973 Handbook of Integer Sequences. The initial terms are also embossed on the front cover.)

N. J. A. Sloane, My favorite integer sequences, in Sequences and their Applications (Proceedings of SETA '98).

Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics, Stamp Folding.

Index entries for sequences obtained by enumerating foldings


a(n) = (A001010(n) + A000136(n)) / 4. - Andrew Howroyd, Dec 07 2015


Cf. A000682, A086441.

Sequence in context: A053419 A079227 A148314 * A148315 A141752 A142586

Adjacent sequences:  A001008 A001009 A001010 * A001012 A001013 A001014




N. J. A. Sloane, St├ęphane Legendre


a(17) and a(20) corrected by Sean A. Irvine, Mar 17 2013



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