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A200000 Number of meanders filling out an n X n grid, reduced for symmetry. 5
1, 1, 0, 4, 42, 9050, 6965359, 26721852461, 429651752290375, 31194475941824888769, 9828395457980805457337560, 13684686862375136981850903785368, 83297108604256429529069019958551956425, 2226741508593975401942934273354241209226704830, 260577257822688861848154672171293101310412373160498171, 133631198381015786582155688877301469836628906260462969996612568, 299985729493560746632648983353916422875677601725131683097521792924081609 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
The sequence counts the distinct closed paths that visit every cell of an n X n square lattice at least once, that never cross any edge between adjacent squares more than once, and that do not self-intersect. Paths related by rotation and/or reflection of the square lattice are not considered distinct.
Are a(1) and a(2) the only two terms equal to 1? And is a(3) the only term equal to 0? - Daniel Forgues, Nov 24 2011
The answer is yes: There are several patterns that can straightforwardly be generalized to any grid of any size n>3, e.g., #13 and #6347 of the graphics for a(6) (resp. #24 or #28 of a(5) for odd n). - M. F. Hasler, Nov 24 2011
Jon Wild, Illustration for a(6) = 9050 [Warning: this is a large file!]
a(1) counts the paths that visit the single cell of the 1 X 1 lattice: there is one, the "fat dot".
The 4 solutions for n=4, 42 solutions for n=5 and 9050 solutions for n=6 are illustrated in the supporting .png files.
Cf. A200749 (version not reduced for symmetry).
Cf. A200893 (meanders on n X k rectangles instead of squares, reduced for symmetry).
Cf. A201145 (meanders on n X k rectangles, not reduced for symmetry).
Sequence in context: A355130 A355124 A111829 * A198209 A220774 A296683
Jon Wild, Nov 20 2011
a(8) and a(10) from Alex Chernov, May 28 2012
a(9) from Alex Chernov, added by Max Alekseyev, Jul 21 2013
a(11) to a(17) from Zhao Hui Du, Apr 03 2014

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