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No, I did not read it.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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No, I did not read it.

Hahhahhaha, very good! Wunderbar!

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Where did Somos get those reccurences from?

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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He is an expert in combinatorics and sequences. While I am an occasional contributor to the OEIS he is a major force. It is his knowledge of sequences that produces those. I know the technique but I lack the skill even with M. But as you should know RIPOSTP is allowed in problem solving.

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Define a function as follows:

n ∈ [3,6] f(n) = n + 3

n ∈ [9,18] f(n) = n + 9

n ∈ [27,54] f(n) = n + 27

in general:

n ∈ [3^k, 2 times 3^k] f(n) = n + 3^k

n ∈ (6,9) f(n) = n + 2n - 9

n ∈ (18,27) f(n) = n + 2n - 27

n ∈ (54,81) f9n) = n + 2n - 81

in general:

n ∈ (2 times 3^k, 3^(k+1)) f(n) = n + 2n - 3^(k+1)

f(2001) ?

As 1458 < 2001 < 2187 k = 6 and f(2001) = 2001 + (4002 - 2187) = 3816

Bob

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Agnishom wrote:

Where did Somos get those reccurences from?

They come from the additive solution to the Cauchy equation, see p6 of Introduction to Functional Equations by Prasanna K. Sahoo.

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Okay. Do you know why you revived this thread?

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Some guy that has your username asked a question that I was unable to give a good answer to before. The book I was reading for another functional problem had a good answer.

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**bobbym****bumpkin**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Much time has passed and some questions were not answered. I remedy that here.

Agnishom wrote:

your code, please?

```
a[n_] := 3 a[n/3] /; Mod[n, 3] == 0 && n > 1;
a[n_] := 2 a[(n - 1)/3] + a[(n - 1)/3 + 1] /; (Mod[n, 3] == 1 && n > 2);
a[n_] := a[(n - 2)/3] + 2 a[(n - 2)/3 + 1] /; (Mod[n, 3] == 2 && n > 3);
```

`a[2001] /. a[1] -> 2 /. a[2] -> 3`

3816

If you want to see M in action...

`a[2001] // FullSimplify`

Agnishom wrote:

What is J-rod?

A thing that exists in Nevada. Mind you I have never had access to this creature. It will only communicate with engineer types.

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Is J-rod a supercomputer?

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