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 A048823 a(n) = value of n defined as follows: start with n and reach 2 by repeatedly either dividing by d where d <= the square root or by subtracting 1. The division steps are free, but subtracting 1 costs 1 point. The "value" of n is the smallest cost to reach 2. 2
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 OFFSET 2,5 LINKS CROSSREFS Cf. A047988. Same formula except you cannot add 1 (only subtract). Sequence in context: A029372 A029377 A128186 * A173655 A025871 A051010 Adjacent sequences:  A048820 A048821 A048822 * A048824 A048825 A048826 KEYWORD nonn AUTHOR Christian G. Bower, May 15 1999. STATUS approved

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