OFFSET

1,2

COMMENTS

The pile shuffle of a card stack [1,2,3...,n] puts 1 at the bottom of a first auxiliary stack, 2 at the bottom of a second auxiliary stack, 3 above the 1, 4 above the 2, 5 above the 3, 6 above the 4.. eventually the shuffled stack is the first auxiliary stack on top of the second auxiliary stack.

Sequence A263458 contains sizes 2k of card decks that return to reverse order after k pile shuffles. They return to original order after 2k shuffles (2 reversals), so entries of A263458 are candidates for entries here. The case of 30 cards shows that this is not that simple: 30 cards are in reverse order after 5 shuffles, back to original order after 10 shuffles, in reverse order after 15 shuffles (so 30 is in A263458) etc. Because the return to normal order happens already after 10 shuffles (not only at 30), 30 is not in this sequence here.

FORMULA

Equals the ordered set {k: A323712(k) = k}.

CROSSREFS

KEYWORD

nonn

AUTHOR

R. J. Mathar, Aug 02 2024

STATUS

approved