[Haskell-cafe] ANN: Math.OEIS 0.1

Jacques Carette carette at mcmaster.ca
Thu Oct 25 16:14:32 EDT 2007

Carl Witty wrote:
> On Mon, 2007-10-22 at 10:54 -0400, Brent Yorgey wrote:        
>         The Online Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences should really
>         contain more
>         Haskell code for describing the sequences. 
> Agreed!  I propose an "OEIS party" where we all sit around one day and
> submit Haskell code. =)
> (I'm only half joking...)
> See
> http://www.sagemath.org/hg/sage-main/file/cf44d55e626b/sage/combinat/sloane_functions.py for the very beginnings of an effort to write OEIS code in Python (for the SAGE computer algebra system).  (It looks like currently 130 sequences are implemented.)  Maybe this would be useful as a starting point.

This is a bit of a waste of human time, especially since automated 
methods (like gfun [1]) can automatically find closed-forms for about 
1/3 of the sequences on OEIS.  Generating code from the output of gfun 
is an easy task, and leads to rather pretty results [2], in my 
completely biased opinion.  Very very few of the sequences outside of 
that 1/3 has known "programs" associated with them.

Now, using many of Jerzy Karczmarczuk's ideas [3] and Haskell packages, 
one could rewrite gfun in Haskell, and the end result would likely be 
extremely elegant, although making it efficient might be rather more 


[1] http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=178368 and 
[2] http://www.cas.mcmaster.ca/~carette/publications/CaretteJanicki.pdf
[3] http://users.info.unicaen.fr/~karczma/arpap/

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