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A253952 Numbers that require three steps to collapse to a single digit in base 4 (written in base 10). 3
43, 103, 139, 154, 163, 169, 223, 343, 403, 463, 523, 547, 553, 610, 643, 649, 673, 703, 823, 847, 862, 1231, 1303, 1363, 1486, 1603, 2059, 2083, 2089, 2179, 2185, 2209, 2239, 2434, 2563, 2569, 2593, 2623, 2689, 2731 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
OFFSET

1,1

COMMENTS

One step consists of taking the number in base 4 and inserting some plus signs between the digits with no restrictions and adding the resulting numbers together in base 4. The numbers given here cannot be taken to a single digit in one or two steps. It is known that three steps always suffice to get to a single digit, and that there are infinitely many numbers that require three steps.

LINKS

Steve Butler, Table of n, a(n) for n = 1..638

S. Butler, R. Graham and R. Stong, Partition and sum is fast, arXiv:1501.04067 [math.HO], 2014.

EXAMPLE

As an example a(1)=43 which in base 4 can be written as 223.  There are then three ways to insert plus signs in the first step:

2+23   22+3   2+2+3

This gives the numbers (in base 4) as 31, 31, and 13 respectively.  In the second step we have one of the following two:

3+1   1+3

In both cases this gives the number (in base 4) of 10.  Finally in the third step we have the following:

1+0

Which gives 1, a single digit, and we cannot get to a single digit in one or two steps.  (Note, the single digit that we reduce to is independent of the sequence of steps taken.)

CROSSREFS

Cf. A253057, A253058, A253953.

Sequence in context: A060323 A141958 A141990 * A033227 A106888 A142795

Adjacent sequences:  A253949 A253950 A253951 * A253953 A253954 A253955

KEYWORD

nonn,base

AUTHOR

Steve Butler, Jan 20 2015

STATUS

approved

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