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A194428 Number of iterations of the map n->n/3 if n == 0 (mod 3), n->4*n+a if 4*n+a == 0 (mod 3) where a = 1 or 2, before reaching the end of the cycle. 2
5, 5, 5, 7, 17, 5, 16, 22, 5, 16, 20, 8, 8, 16, 18, 20, 22, 6, 16, 8, 16, 18, 20, 23, 34, 16, 6, 27, 11, 16, 18, 22, 21, 32, 16, 9, 23, 25, 9, 9, 28, 16, 20, 39, 19, 30, 16, 21, 21, 21, 23, 23, 35, 7, 26, 37, 16, 18, 37, 9, 28, 28, 16, 43, 14, 19, 19, 34, 21, 21, 33, 24 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

1,1

COMMENTS

The problem is as follows: start with any number n. If n is divisible by 3, divide it by 3, otherwise multiply it by 4 and add 1 or 2 in order to find a new integer divisible by 3. Do we always reach the end of a cycle? It is conjectured that the answer is yes.

On the set of positive integers, the orbit of any number seems to end in the orbit of 1, or of another integer.

This problem has a resemblance with the Collatz problem.

LINKS

Alois P. Heinz, Table of n, a(n) for n = 1..10000

EXAMPLE

a(1) = 5 because 1 -> 6 -> 2 -> 9 -> 3 -> 1 with 5 iterations ;

a(2) = 5 because 2 -> 9 -> 3 -> 1-> 6 -> 2  with 5 iterations ;

a(3) = 5 because 3 -> 1 -> 6 -> 2 -> 9 -> 3  with 5 iterations ;

a(4) = 7 because 4 -> 18 -> 6 -> 2 -> 9 -> 3 -> 1 -> 6 with 7 iterations.

MAPLE

T:=array(1..2000):for n from 1 to 100 do: T[1]:=n:n0:=n:k:=2:for it from 1 to 50 do: z:=irem(n0, 3):if z=0 then n0:=n0/3:T[k]:=n0:k:=k+1:else n0:=4*n0 + 1:if irem(n0, 3)=0 then T[k]:=n0:k:=k+1:else n0:=n0+1:T[k]:=n0:k:=k+1:fi:fi:od:U:=convert(T, set):n1:=nops(U): printf(`%d, `, n1):od:

CROSSREFS

Cf. A001281.

Sequence in context: A176172 A204911 A087516 * A299695 A135089 A127310

Adjacent sequences:  A194425 A194426 A194427 * A194429 A194430 A194431

KEYWORD

nonn

AUTHOR

Michel Lagneau, Aug 23 2011

STATUS

approved

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