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 A276992 First 2-digit number to appear n times in the decimal expansion of Pi. 9
 31, 26, 93, 62, 82, 28, 28, 28, 48, 48, 48, 48, 48, 9, 9, 81, 17, 17, 95, 95, 95, 95, 95, 95, 95, 19, 21, 21, 21, 19, 95, 9, 9, 9, 95, 46, 95, 59, 9, 9, 9, 95, 95, 95, 95, 59, 59, 59, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 9, 14, 14, 14, 9, 9, 9, 9, 14, 9, 9 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
 OFFSET 1,1 COMMENTS a(n) is the 2-digit number that appears in Pi n times before any other 2-digit number appears in Pi n times. Note that the sequence contains elements whose number of digits is 2 or 1, see examples. - Omar E. Pol, Oct 05 2016 Comment from N. J. A. Sloane, Mar 08 2023 (Start) Make a table T[0,0], T[0,1], ...,T[9,9], with 100 columns, labeled 0,0 to 9,9. Scan the digits of pi = 3.14159.... First you see 3, 1 so increment the count for 3,1; next you see 1,4, so increment the count for 1,4. Then you see 4,1 so increment the count for 4,1. Do this for ever. The first time any count hits 6, say T[3,8] = 6, then a(6) = 38. If it happens that T[0,9] hits 6 first, then a(6) would be 09, but we would drop the 0, and write a(6) = 9. (End) Comment from Alois P. Heinz, Mar 08 2023 (Start) Initially, "09" is very often the first to occur n times, while other 2-digit substrings fall behind. They can show up later. This is not strange, this is Pi. In the first 10000 terms we see "09" 40 times, "14" 33 times, and so on. Here is the complete list: [40, 9], [33, 14], [2, 17], [13, 19], [3, 21], [1, 26], [892, 27], [3, 28], [1, 31], [144, 34], [107, 35], [179, 39], [2594, 46], [5, 48], [127, 54], [1387, 55], [4, 59], [6, 62], [41, 65], [671, 71], [19, 74], [3406, 76], [1, 81], [1, 82], [94, 85], [1, 93], [211, 94], [14, 95]. 67 of the two-digit strings never show up in the first 10000 terms. It does not mean that they do not appear in Pi. Indeed they do. It only means that they are never the first to reach some count. They may be behind by only a small amount. (End) The fact that 09 is ahead so often is an example of the Arcsine Law Paradox at work. See for example Feller, Volume I, Chapter III. As Feller says, "[the conclusions] are not only unexpected but actually come as a shock to intuition and common sense." Of course the same phenomenon occurs with single digits of Pi, see A096567, where 5 seems to be ahead most of the time. - N. J. A. Sloane, Mar 09 2023 REFERENCES William Feller, An Introduction to Probability Theory and Its Applications, Vol. I, Chapter III, Wiley, 3rd Ed., Corrected printing 1970. LINKS Alois P. Heinz, Table of n, a(n) for n = 1..10000 EXAMPLE a(2) = 26 because 26 is the first 2-digit number to appear 2 times in the decimal expansion of Pi = 3.14159(26)5358979323846(26)... a(14) = 9 because "09" is the first 2-digit number to appear 14 times in the decimal expansion of Pi. MATHEMATICA spi = ToString[Floor[10^100000 Pi]]; f[n_] := Block[{k = 2}, While[Length@ StringPosition[ StringTake[spi, k], StringTake[spi, {k - 1, k}]] != n, k++]; ToExpression@ StringTake[spi, {k - 1, k}]]; Apply[f, 72] (* Robert G. Wilson v, Oct 05 2016 *) CROSSREFS Cf. A000796, A096567, A276686, A276993, A277171, A277270, A291599, A291600. Sequence in context: A340744 A361315 A291471 * A008685 A162156 A141529 Adjacent sequences: A276989 A276990 A276991 * A276993 A276994 A276995 KEYWORD nonn,base AUTHOR Bobby Jacobs, Sep 24 2016 EXTENSIONS a(21)-a(40) from Bobby Jacobs, Oct 01 2016 More terms from Alois P. Heinz, Oct 02 2016 STATUS approved

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