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 A255198 Let EKG-n denote the EKG sequence (A064413) started with n rather than 2, and suppose EKG-n first merges with some other EKG-i (i >= 2) sequence after f(n) (= A255583(n)) steps; then a(n) = number of i such that EKG-i meets EKG-n after f(n) steps. 1
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 OFFSET 2,4 COMMENTS This sequence can be used in a classroom to introduce students to divisors. For an explanatory video, see the Youtube link. EKG-5 merges with EKG-2 after three steps, so some care is needed in the definition. Perhaps the offset should be 3 rather than 2? - N. J. A. Sloane, Feb 24 2015 Merging means that the sequences are identical for all future steps. EKG-2 and EKG-5 merge at step 44. From then on the sequences are identical. EKG-3 and EKG-5 (below) do not merge at step 3, because the sequences are not identical from that point forward. LINKS Gordon Hamilton, The EKG Sequence and the Tree of Numbers, Oct 2013. EXAMPLE a(5) = 4 because the EKG sequence starting with 5 (EKG-5, A169841) starts coinciding with sequences EKG-3, EKG-6, EKG-9 and EKG-12 simultaneously (when all sequences hit 18). EKG-3: 3, 6, 2, 4, 8, 10, 5, 15, 9, 12, 14, 7, 21, 18, 16, 20, 22, 11, ... (A169837) EKG-6: 6, 2, 4, 8, 10, 5, 15, 3, 9, 12, 14, 7, 21, 18, 16, 20, 22, 11, ... (A169843) EKG-9: 9, 3, 6, 2, 4, 8, 10, 5, 15, 12, 14, 7, 21, 18, 16, 20, 22, 11, ... (A169849) EKG-12: 12, 2, 4, 6, 3, 9, 15, 5, 10, 8, 14, 7, 21, 18, 16, 20, 22, 11, ... (A169855) EKG-5: 5, 10, 2, 4, 6, 3, 9, 12, 8, 14, 7, 21, 15, 18, 16, 20, 22, 11, ... (A169841) a(12) = 3 because the EKG sequence starting with 12 (EKG-12, A169855) starts coinciding with sequences EKG-3, EKG-6, and EKG-9 simultaneously (when all sequences hit 14). CROSSREFS Cf. A064413, A169837, A169841, A169843, A169849, A169857, A255583. A255524 gives the smallest closest neighbor. Sequence in context: A032050 A109915 A334467 * A202521 A247362 A098987 Adjacent sequences: A255195 A255196 A255197 * A255199 A255200 A255201 KEYWORD nonn,more AUTHOR Gordon Hamilton, Feb 16 2015 STATUS approved

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