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Extracting gaps between prime terms in a sequence

asked 2020-10-29 14:20:44 +0100

brennan gravatar image

I am trying to graph and extract the the 'gaps' between prime terms in the sequence:



for n>2, a(n)=2a(n-1) if a(n-1) is prime and a(n)=a(n-1)-1 if a(n-1) is not prime.

First of all, I can't even get the sequence to work. I am using:

 for n in srange(3,1000):
      if n in P:
      elif n not in P:

But I am getting a syntax error. I am not sure why.

Secondly, I would like to graph this sequence, but I cannot even get it to run.

Lastly, I really want to take this sequence and find the number of non-prime terms between two consecutive prime terms. I just want to print the length of the 'gap' between the prime entries in the sequence. For instance:

The sequence starts 1,2,4,3,6,5,10,9,8,7,14,13,26,25,24,23,46,45,44,43,86,85,84,83,166,165,164,163,326,...

So the first few 'gaps' would just be 1,1,3,1,3,3,3,3,9,3,3,15,...

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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2n is not correct, you shoud write 2*n

FrédéricC gravatar imageFrédéricC ( 2020-10-29 14:49:55 +0100 )edit

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answered 2020-10-29 14:50:08 +0100

FrédéricC gravatar image

Here is some code

a = {1: 1, 2: 2}
for n in range(3, 20):
    b = a[n - 1]
    if ZZ(b).is_prime():
        a[n] = 2 * b
        a[n] = b - 1
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