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Re: Re: algebraic numbers

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  • Subject: [mg106180] Re: [mg106161] Re: algebraic numbers
  • From: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Jan 2010 05:59:25 -0500 (EST)
  • References: <hhc7a1$2o2$1@smc.vnet.net> <200912300912.EAA17052@smc.vnet.net> <201001021005.FAA07463@smc.vnet.net> <201001030842.DAA10077@smc.vnet.net> <op.u5zai8j9tgfoz2@bobbys-imac.local>

I am not sure I you can call that a "forumla". Besides

StringLength["fill in the first bubble"]

24

So, if we also include them in the simplicity test, this one is probably 
not going to pass.

On 4 Jan 2010, at 07:38, DrMajorBob wrote:

> The simplest algorithm for determining "what's the next term" is 
simply "fill in the first bubble".
>
> Bobby
>
> On Sun, 03 Jan 2010 02:42:21 -0600, Andrzej Kozlowski 
<akoz at mimuw.edu.pl> wrote:
>
>>
>> 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.
>>
>>
>
>
> --
> DrMajorBob at yahoo.com



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