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A111698 a(1)=1. Skipping over integers occurring earlier in the sequence, count down a composite from a(n) to get a(n+1) so that a(n+1) is the smallest possible positive integer arrived at this way. If there are no positive integers at a distance of a composite number of yet unused integers, instead count up from a(n) 4 (the lowest composite positive integer) positions (skipping already occurring integers) to get a(n+1). 1
1, 5, 9, 2, 7, 12, 3, 10, 15, 4, 13, 18, 6, 16, 21, 8, 19, 24, 11, 22, 27, 14, 25, 30, 17, 28, 33, 20, 31, 36, 23, 34, 39, 26, 37, 42, 29, 40, 45, 32, 43, 48, 35, 46, 51, 38, 49, 54, 41, 52, 57, 44, 55, 60, 47, 58, 63, 50, 61, 66, 53, 64, 69, 56, 67, 72, 59, 70, 75, 62, 73, 78 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

1,2

COMMENTS

I have found two patterns for this sequence. The first is that there is a pattern 0,3,6,0,3,6,0,3,6,... which states the lengths of the "LessThanList" for each term. In other words, a(6) = 12. There are six integers less than 12 which are not already listed in the sequence at this point, {3,4,6,8,10,11}. a(7) = 3. There are no integers not already on the list which are less than 3 at this point. a(8) = 10. There are three integers less than 10 which are not already on the list at this point, {4,6,8}. Also, after the 14th term, the sequence becomes regular in the following way. The difference between successive terms is as follows: 5,-13,11,5,-13,11,... . - Diana L. Mecum, Aug 15 2008

LINKS

Diana Mecum, Table of n, a(n) for n = 1..1011 [From Diana L. Mecum, Aug 15 2008]

EXAMPLE

The first 5 terms of the sequence can be plotted on the number line as:

1,2,*,*,5,*,7,*,9,*,*,*.

Now a(5) is 7. Counting down from 7 gets a noncomposite (1,2, or 3) number of steps to arrive at each yet unused positive integer. So we instead count up 4 positions, skipping the 9 as we count, to arrive at 12 (which is at the rightmost * of the number line above).

CROSSREFS

Cf. A111453, A111118.

Sequence in context: A011494 A214395 A030125 * A216755 A255681 A021948

Adjacent sequences:  A111695 A111696 A111697 * A111699 A111700 A111701

KEYWORD

nonn

AUTHOR

Leroy Quet, Nov 17 2005

EXTENSIONS

Terms a(14) through a(1011) from Diana L. Mecum, Aug 15 2008

STATUS

approved

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