

A203718


Binary sequence where each successive term is made by appending to the previous term the next smallest positive binary integer that is not already contained within it.


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1, 110, 110100, 110100111, 1101001111000, 11010011110001011, 1101001111000101110000, 110100111100010111000010010, 11010011110001011100001001010101, 1101001111000101110000100101010110110, 110100111100010111000010010101011011011001
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OFFSET

1,2


COMMENTS

Each successive term is built from the last by appending to it the next smallest positive binary integer that is not already contained within the previous term as a sequential subset. E.g., a(2) = 110. The smallest positive binary integer not contained within this term is 100, since 1, 10 and 11 can all be found in parts of it. Therefore a(3) is the concatenation of a(2) and '100'; a(3) = 110100.
Note that every power of 2 will always be included, as there is never a prior instance of exactly that many zeros occurring sequentially. This sequence can be generalized to other number bases, but higher bases take more terms to begin exhibiting interesting (nontrivial) behavior. Can also be begun with a 'seed' number. Properties of this sequence using seed values are yet to be examined. Open questions: frequency at which new integers are appended, frequency of each digit within successive terms, rate of growth of terms.


LINKS

Table of n, a(n) for n=1..11.


PROG

(Python)
def A203718(n, seed = '1'):
"""
Returns the nth term of the sequence.
Optionally specified seed.
"""
i = 0
term = seed
next_int = 1
while i < n:
b = bin(next_int)[2:]
if b not in term:
term += b
i += 1
next_int += 1
return term
def A203718_list(stop, start = 0, seed = '1'):
"""
Returns a slice of the sequence up to the specified index.
Seed and starting index optional
"""
terms = [seed]
term = seed
i = 0
next_int = 1
while i < stop:
b = bin(next_int)[2:]
if b not in term:
term += b
if start <= i:
terms.append(term)
i += 1
next_int += 1
return terms


CROSSREFS

Sequence in context: A139478 A329126 A329338 * A143750 A192844 A234512
Adjacent sequences: A203715 A203716 A203717 * A203719 A203720 A203721


KEYWORD

nonn,base


AUTHOR

Michael Cromer, Jan 05 2012


STATUS

approved



