

A301408


Repeatedly map numbers to the number of letters in the English name (include spaces, but no hyphens and no "and"s); sequence gives smallest nonnegative integer that needs exactly n iterations to get to 4.


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0,1


REFERENCES

M. Ecker, Number play, calculators, and card tricks: Mathemagical black holes, in E. Berlekamp and T. Rodgers, eds., The Mathemagician and Pied Puzzler: A Collection in Tribute to Martin Gardner, A. K. Peters, 1999, pp. 4152.


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EXAMPLE

Since "twenty three" has 12 letters (including the space), "twelve" has 6 letters, "three" has 5 letters, "four" has four letters, and no other smaller nonnegative integer maps to 4 in exactly 5 iterations, then a(5) = 23.


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KEYWORD

nonn,word,less


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STATUS

approved



