%I
%S 14,49,94,113,46,191,399,64,657,545,466,721,145,1328,270,2751,
%T 719,751,1118,1376,1041,1839,1310,1663,815,5184,306,9104,863,1455,
%U 4320,7024,5105,4289,11504,64,12016,2816,10799,11200,6094,2671,226,20753
%N a(n) is the smallest error in trying to solve n^4 = x^4 + y^4. That is, for each n from 2 on, find positive integers x and y, x <= y < n such that n^4  x^4  y^4 is minimal and let a(n) = n^4  x^4  y^4.
%C This sequence was suggested to me by _Moshe Shmuel Newman_.
%C This is A135998 with the exponent 4 replacing 3.
%e Here are the calculations for the first few values.
%e For 2, the only possible values for x and y are 1,1, so we have
%e a(2) = 2^4  1^4  1^4 = 16  2 = 14.
%e For 3, y can be 1 or 2. if y is 1, x is 1 as well, and if y=2, then x can be 1 or 2.
%e 3^4  1^4  1^4 = 79
%e 3^4  1^4  2^4 = 64
%e 3^4  2^4  2^4 = 49.
%e The smallest absolute value is in the last case, so a(3) = 49.
%t nend = 100;For[n = 2, n <= nend, n++, a[n] = 0];For[n = 2, n <= nend, n++, min = n^4; For[y = 1, y <= n  1, y++, For [x = y, x <= n  1, x++, changed = False; sol = n^4  x^4  y^4; If[(sol < min) && (sol > 0), min = sol; changed = True]; If[(Abs[sol] < min) && (sol < 0), min = sol; changed = True]; If[changed, a[n] = sol]]]]; Print[t = Table[a[i], {i, 2, nend}]] (* or *)
%t a[n_] := SortBy[n^4  Flatten[Table[x^4 + y^4, {x, n1}, {y, x}]], Abs][[1]]; Array[a, 99, 2] (* _Giovanni Resta_, Jul 05 2019 *)
%Y Cf. A135998.
%K sign
%O 2,1
%A _David S. Newman_, Jun 27 2019
