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 A286496 Renyi-Ulam liar numbers: maximum k such that n questions "Is x in subset S of {1,...,k}?" are guaranteed to determine x when at most one answer can be a lie. 2
 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 4, 8, 16, 28, 50, 92, 170, 314, 584, 1092, 2048, 3854, 7280, 13796, 26214, 49932, 95324, 182360, 349524, 671088, 1290554, 2485512, 4793490, 9256394, 17895696, 34636832, 67108864, 130150524, 252645134, 490853404, 954437176, 1857283154, 3616814564 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
 OFFSET 0,4 COMMENTS Calculated from Andrzej Pelc's complete solution for 1-liar games which gives the minimum number of questions required for a given set {1,...,k}. Andrzej Pelc's formula for the minimum number of questions required for a given set {1,...,k} is: the least value of q such that f(q)>=k, where f(q)=2^q/(q+1) for even k, and f(q)=(2^q-q+1)/(q+1) for odd k. We use this to generate the sequence of maximum set sizes for each value of q. LINKS Table of n, a(n) for n=0..37. D. Osthus and R. Watkinson, A simple solution to Ulam's liar game with one lie, Elemente der Mathematik 63 (2008), 97-101. A. Pelc, Solution of Ulam’s Problem on searching with a lie, J. Combinatorial Theory, Series A, vol. 44 (1987), 129-140. EXAMPLE a(1) = 1 since 1 question is (vacuously) sufficient to determine x in {1}; a(2) = 1, since 2 questions (with one possible lie) is no better than 1; a(3) >= 2, since we can determine x in {1,2} by asking "Is x in {1}?" three times and majority voting. But a(3) is not >2 because we need 5 questions for {1,2,3}; which implies a(4) = 2 also. MAPLE LiarSequence:=proc(n) local q, L, k; q:=1: L:=NULL; for k from 1 to n do while 2^q/(q+1)-(k+1 mod 2)*(q-1)/(q+1)

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