

A002845


Number of distinct values taken by 2^2^...^2 (with n 2's and parentheses inserted in all possible ways).
(Formerly M1139 N0435)


22



1, 1, 1, 2, 4, 8, 17, 36, 78, 171, 379, 851, 1928, 4396, 10087, 23273, 53948, 125608, 293543, 688366, 1619087, 3818818, 9029719, 21400706, 50828664, 120963298, 288405081
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OFFSET

1,4


COMMENTS

a(n) <= A002955(n).  Max Alekseyev, Sep 23 2009


REFERENCES

F. Goebel and R. P. Nederpelt, The number of numerical outcomes of iterated powers, Amer. Math. Monthly, 80 (1971), 10971103.
R. K. Guy and J. L. Selfridge, The nesting and roosting habits of the laddered parenthesis. Amer. Math. Monthly 80 (1973), 868876.
J. Q. Longyear, personal communication.
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).


LINKS

Table of n, a(n) for n=1..27.
Jon E. Schoenfield, The 851 values for n=12
R. K. Guy, Letter to N. J. A. Sloane, June 24 1971: front, back [Annotated scanned copy, with permission]
R. K. Guy and J. L. Selfridge, The nesting and roosting habits of the laddered parenthesis (annotated cached copy)
Index entries for sequences related to parenthesizing
MathOverflow discussion of related questions


EXAMPLE

When n=3, 2^(2^2) = (2^2)^2 = 16, so a(3) = 1.


CROSSREFS

Cf. A003018, A003019, A145545, A145546, A145547, A145548, A145549, A145550, A000081.
Sequence in context: A251691 A157904 A182901 * A072925 A002955 A202844
Adjacent sequences: A002842 A002843 A002844 * A002846 A002847 A002848


KEYWORD

nonn,nice,more


AUTHOR

N. J. A. Sloane


EXTENSIONS

a(12)a(13) corrected and a(14)a(27) added by Jon E. Schoenfield, Oct 11 2008


STATUS

approved



