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Re: algebraic numbers

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  • Subject: [mg106161] Re: algebraic numbers
  • From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Jan 2010 03:42:21 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <hhc7a1$2o2$1@smc.vnet.net> <200912300912.EAA17052@smc.vnet.net> <201001021005.FAA07463@smc.vnet.net>

On 2 Jan 2010, at 19:05, DrMajorBob wrote:

> If one had the Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences handy, those SAT 
> questions could be interesting. But they'd still be nonsense.

I think only their wording should be changed to something like: "find 
the simplest formula generating the sequence ...  where simplest means 
requiring the least number of standard mathematical symbols to write 
down". These kind of questions, of course, should probably allow the 
possibility that the person answering the question finds an answer that 
is simpler than the expected one.



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