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 A308432 Given n cards in a stack numbered from 1 to n with 1 at the top, repeat the following process: first remove the card that is in the middle (at position (size of the stack)/2, rounding up), then move the card that is at the bottom of the stack to the top. This process is repeated until there is only one card left. a(n) is the number of the last remaining card. 1
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 OFFSET 1,2 COMMENTS a(n) = 1 if n is a power of 3. a(n) = n if n-1 is a power of 3. From Charlie Neder, Jun 09 2019: (Start) Theorem: Formula below describes the sequence. Proof: a(n-1) gives the final card from a deck of size n-1, so a(n) will be equal to whichever card occupies the a(n-1)-th position after one iteration. If a(n-1) = 1, this will be card n, if a(n-1) <= ceiling(n/2), this will be card a(n-1)-1, and otherwise it will be card a(n-1). If a(3^k) = 1 (true for k = 0), then for this k: a(n) = 3^k + 1 for 3^k + 1 <= n <= 2*3^k, a(n) = 3^(k+1) + 1 - n for 2*3^k + 1 <= n <= 3^(k+1), and thus a(3^(k+1)) = 1, so the formula holds for all k. (End) LINKS FORMULA Let t = 3^floor(log_3(n)); then   a(n) = 1 if n = t,          t + 1 if n <= 2*t and n != t,          3*t - n + 1 otherwise. PROG (C) //pow3 is a vector where pow3[n] = 3^n int f(int n){     int x = 0;     while(pow3[x+1] <= n) x++;     return x; } int a(int n){     int fn = f(n);     if(n == pow3[fn]){         return 1;     }else if(n<=(pow3[fn]<<1) && n!=pow3[fn]){         return pow3[fn]+1;     }else{         return pow3[fn+1] - (n-1);     } } CROSSREFS Sequence in context: A111975 A117250 A296337 * A136692 A219194 A234306 Adjacent sequences:  A308429 A308430 A308431 * A308433 A308434 A308435 KEYWORD nonn AUTHOR Wilmer Emiro Castrillon Calderon, Jun 06 2019 STATUS approved

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