Automated Proof (or Disproof) of Linear Recurrences Satisfied by Pisot Sequences

By Shalosh B. Ekhad, N. J. A. Sloane and Doron Zeilberger


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(Exclusively published in the Personal Journal of Shalosh B. Ekhad and Doron Zeilberger, Neil Sloane's website, and arxiv.org )

Written: Sept. 18, 2016


Dedicated to Richard K. Guy (b. 30 Sept., 1916) on his (100-ε)-th birthday


As far as I know, Richard Guy is the longest-living mathematician of all time (in the sense of Paul Erdős, where you die when you stop doing math), since at almost one hundred years of age, he keeps producing great new math. This tribute, joint with Neil Sloane, is dedicated to him. Keep up the good work, Richard!


Added Sept. 21, 2016: Tomas Oliveira e Silva sent us many more dramatic instances of Pisot sequences that satisfy linear recurrences that break down after a VERY long time, and he kindly permitted us to post it here .


Added Oct. 6, 2016: Tomas Oliveira e Silva sent us even more dramatic instances of Pisot sequences that satisfy linear recurrences that break down after a VERY long time, and he kindly permitted us to post it here .


Added Oct. 5, 2016: Here is Richard Guy's response to this paper that has been dedicated to him.

Dear Neil & Doron,

                  What a magnificent present!
                  Sorry I haven't replied earlier.  But
I haven't replied to the Queen, nor the Lieutenant-Governor,
nor Justin Trudeau, either!   All the best!  R.

Added Nov. 10, 2016: Tomas Oliveira e Silva broke yet another record the linear recurrence with a0=605, a1=36312, and with r=1/2, fails for a13138671


Maple package


Sample Input and Output Files for the Maple package Pisot.txt

  • If you want to see linear recurrences, with COMPLETE proofs of Pisot sequenes of the form PISOT(a,b) (with parameter 1/2) for 2<=a<20, and a+2<=b<40

    the input file generates the output file.

  • If you want to see PROVED linear recurrences, (w/o proofs, to save disk-space) of Pisot sequenes of the form PISOT(a,b) (with parameter 1/2) for 2<=a<30, and a+2<=b<600

    the input file generates the output file.

  • If you want to see PROVED linear recurrences, (w/o proofs, to save disk-space) of Pisot sequenes of the form PISOT(a,b) (with parameter 1/2) for 2<=a<40, and a+2<=b<1000

    the input file generates the output file.

  • If you want to see a detailed, fully rigorous proof that the Pisot Sequence E(4,7), alias OEIS sequence A010901 does indeed satisfy (for ALL n, not just ≤ 50000) the recurrence

    a(n) = 2a(n-1) - a(n-2) + a(n-3)

    the input file generates the output file.

  • If you want to see several examples of Generalized Pisot sequences that satisfy linear recurrences, along with their terse proofs

    the input file generates the output file.

  • If you want to see many infinite families of Pisot sequenes that satisfy linear recurrences

    the input file generates the output file.

  • If you want to see the same output, but in TeX

    the input file generates the output file.


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