1. From a samples of a small samples of mathematical objects, conjecture a common pattern to all of them. This includes "guess the next terms in the sequence" question (consider checking OEIS first). Please provide as much context as possible. 2. Mathematical ideas related to pattern recognition, ...

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What is the $2012th$ number in this pattern?

This is question 30 from Australian Maths 2012 $(0,1,2,1,2,3,2,3,4,1,2,3,2,3,4,3,4,5,2,3,4,...)$ What is the $2012th $ number in this list? What I did: I broke up the first few numbers into ...
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How do I identify pattern of different bases? For example, base $3$? [on hold]

Recently,I asked a question on number patterns.Turns out it wasn't the usual number pattern question.It was the sum of the digits at base 3. How do I identify such number patterns or even know that ...
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Mandelbrot set and times tables

I recently saw a mathologer video on YouTube titled Times tables, Mandelbrot set and the heart of mathematics. It was about generating patterns using tables of numbers. I don't have any idea about it. ...
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Pattern matching questions

I saw the below questions and was curious regarding the logic behind the answer. I will be grateful is some one could help me So the question is given the patter, identify the next one
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What is the pattern of the sequence? [on hold]

I am currently working at a math camp filled with tiny math geniuses, and one of them gave me a problem yesterday with which I am having trouble. This problem was written by a fourth grader and has ...
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Limit of the sequence $a_{n+1}=\frac{1}{2} (a_n+\sqrt{\frac{a_n^2+b_n^2}{2}})$ - can't recognize the pattern

Consider the sequence: $$a_0=x,~~~b_0=y$$ $$a_{n+1}=\frac{1}{2} \left(a_n+\sqrt{\frac{a_n^2+b_n^2}{2}} \right),~b_{n+1}=\frac{1}{2} \left(b_n+\sqrt{\frac{a_n^2+b_n^2}{2}}\right)$$ $$\lim_{n \to \...
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How to find a pattern

I have a list of objects. Each object has $3$ values that will have a value from $0$ to $100$. I want to know how iI be able to find the pattern that is most common in that list. Object 1: 1-2-3 ...
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Find the missing Item in the sequence [closed]

There is a sequence described below.What is the missing item? $5,10,?,50,122,...$
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What is the next Item in the series [closed]

There is a sequence described below.What is the missing item 0,7,26,63,?,...
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Pattern involving squares, primes, and remainders

I ran across a really neat pattern, wholly by accident. In advance, my questions are: Has this been discovered before? If so, where can I learn more about it? Why does this pattern work? Now for ...
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Finding a unique point in a histogram that can be determined even if the histogram is circularly shifted.

Circularly shifted histogram: Modular addition (or subtraction) of a constant value to all data points. Maxima, Minima, etc. might not be a unique value, therefore can't be used. Edit: Let me ...
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How is this a number sequence $58, 26, 16, 14, 10$

I recently had a IQ Test taken and we all got stuck on the same question. The question was: What comes next in the following sequence? $$58, 26, 16, 14,\_\_$$ The answer given in the answer sheet ...
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How to sort a list of tuples?

I am neither a mathematician, nor a computer scientist, but I have the following problem, which I cannot solve myself. I have $k$ $i$-tuples $(x_1, x_2, …, x_i)$, where $x ∈ [0,1]$. I need to order ...
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Sticky boots and modular arithmetic: Find the formula!

Suppose a trek begins and on this trek the road is paved by squares with labels on them. The warning sign next to the beginning of the first square, labeled $1$, states: Beware that due to natural ...
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finding the missing number by pattern

In this riddle you need to find a pattern between every couple of numbers. Given numbers $5$ and $10$ there is a pattern like in the numbers $10$ and $3$. Given numbers $10$ and $15$ there is a ...
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Closed form for $ S(m) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{2^n \cdot n^m}{\binom{2n}n} $ for integer $m$?

What is the (simple) closed form for $\large \displaystyle S(m) = \sum_{n=1}^\infty \dfrac{2^n \cdot n^m}{\binom{2n}n} $ for integer $m$? Notation: $ \dbinom{2n}n $ denotes the central binomial ...
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Notation for factorial-type pattern with a skip/step of two instead of one?

I came across a peculiar pattern when solving a recurrence relation today: Some sequence $a_n$ looks as such: $a_0 = 1$ $a_2 = \frac{1}{2 \cdot 1}$ $a_4 = \frac{1}{4 \cdot 2 \cdot 1}$ $a_6 = \...
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Can't find the pattern [closed]

These are two sequences: I tried looking for a ratio or difference but it wasn't working $$ 12,20,32,\underline{\quad},22,\underline{\quad},50 $$ $$ 6,10,16,8,\underline{\quad},22\underline{\quad} $$...
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Theoretical proof of convergence of sequential weight update procedure (Neural Networks and Machine Learning)

My question is at the bottom. (Most of the descriptive words come from Chris. Bishop's Neural Networks for Pattern Recognition) Let $w$ be the weight vector of the neural network and $E$ the error ...
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Pattern finding algorithms

I am working on a server that will update a list each day. The list will look like the following example. ...
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How to count the number of x in a rows in a larger set.

For example, I have 4 in a row like so: xxxx I can see that it has 2 xxx in it and 3 xx. ...
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Recognising patterns and turning it into a formula

On a coordinate plane lets name a move dot A. The dot A moves each day. On day 1, it moves 1 in the x- axis direction. On day 2 it moves $2^2$ in the y- axis direction. On day 3 it moves -$3^2$ in the ...
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Finding formula for the nth partial sum

A few days ago, I asked for some clarification about pattern recognition and the n-th partial sum for infinite series. Although the explanation given was top-notch (thanks again), I'm still having ...
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Analysis of coefficients of $x^k+\dfrac1{x^k}$ polynomials

Given $x+\dfrac1x=n$, I derived several expressions in terms of $n$ to solve for $x^k+\dfrac1{x^k}$ and put them in a chart as shown below. My questions is how are the coefficients of these ...
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Predict next number from a series

Which methods I can use to predict next number from a series of numbers ? I know the min & max possible number in advance.
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Computing Positive definite covariance matrix in Variational Bayes GMM

This question is about a part of variational Bayes problem for GMM. (more in Bishop, Pattern recognition and Machine learning, part $10.2.1$). We are looking for $q(\mu_k,\Lambda_k)$, so we have: $$ ...
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How to select an item from a set with constraints, and finding when the pattern repeats.

I am trying to solve the following problem with constraints that are explained below. Assume there are customers walking into a restaurant and you want to assign them to different waiters. With the ...
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Binomial Coefficient Explanaition

Let $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and let $k\in\{0,\ldots,n\}$. Explain why it follows from $$\binom nk=\frac{n}{1}\times\frac{n-1}{2}\times\frac{n-2}{3}\times\cdots\times\frac{n-k+1}{k}$$ that $$\binom nk=\frac{...
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Binomial Coefficient Pattern [closed]

Let $n$ $\epsilon$ N and let $k$ $\epsilon$ {0,...,n}. Explain why it follows from ${n \choose k}$ = ${n \choose k-1}$$\frac{n-k+1}{k}$ that ${n \choose k}$ = ($\frac{n}{1}$)($\frac{n-1}{2}$)($\frac{n-...
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I think I've found all roots to $f_k(x)=\sum_{j=1}^k x^j-x^{-j}$ for any $k$ - how to prove it?

Conjecture: The set of unique roots of $$f_k(x)=\sum_{j=1}^k x^j-x^{-j} \;,\;\; x \not=0$$ is given by $e^{i \pi \phi_k}$, where $$\frac{1}{2}\phi_k=\{0, \frac{1}{2}, \underbrace{\frac{\...
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$k-1$st derivative of a degree $k$ polynomial

I know this is going to come across as a very strange question, but it's important that I know the answer. Say I have a degree $k$ polynomial (for my case, I need it to be a complex-valued polynomial ...
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Did the U.S. Army use a formula to evaluate fitness performance?

While writing a web app to calculate one's score on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), I grew tired of simply retyping this chart:           &...
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What number comes next in the sequence $7, 16, 8, 27, 9,…$? [closed]

What number comes next in this series? $$7, 16, 8, 27, 9,...$$ I thought it was $38$, but I'm wrong. It is a multiple choice, and options are $27, 10, 40, 37$. Don't worry - I'm not cheating on ...
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Lower bound of Nearest Neighbour Rule

It is stated often as a matter of fact that the lower bound for Nearest Neighbour rule is the Baye's rate. However when I tried to mathematically prove it,I hit a dead end. For reference : Error for ...
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How can a pattern be found in a series of Numbers?

In the given series of numbers (0-9) or a similar series of numbers, How can a pattern be searched? 3 2 4 8 0 8 7 3 8 7 0 0 4 9 6 3 9 7 4 5 7 3 9 6 ...
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Are Mersenne prime exponents always odd?

I have been researching Mersenne primes so I can write a program that finds them. A Mersenne prime looks like $2^n-1$. When calculating them, I have noticed that the $n$ value always appears to be odd....
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Is this a valid visualization of Euler's identity as a more generic pattern?

I was reading this nice question about a demonstration of Euler's identity, and tried to visualize how would look the left part of the identity in the complex plane by using the following function: ...
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Please, help to identify this numerical constant

I'm trying to find an answer to this question. Let $K(k)$ be the elliptic integral of the first kind and $K'=K(\sqrt{1-k^2})$. According to Abel's theorem (see this link) we know that if $\frac{K'}{K}...
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Is there a general expression for this pattern?

I am trying to find a general expression for this pattern, I know it must be something stupidly easy but I can't seem to find it. Could somebody please help me?
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Quadratic number pattern equation

May I know how do I form a quadratic number pattern equation? I cant seem to form one on my own. 1500, 1519,1536, 1551,1564.
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Sequence patterns

Hi I'm new and I was wondering if a pattern could be derived from this. I wrote a program which printed all the numbers up until a number the user inputted, and then continuously deleted the middle ...
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Relationship between primes and practical numbers

This is my first post here. I am a musician, and not a mathematician, but I enjoy doing things to prime numbers and seeing what comes out. I have defined a sequence which takes the following values ...
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Where do I need to use regularization parameter lambda for better results?

In polynomial curve fitting problem as below, if $y(x,w)$ is the output when $x$ is the input vector, $w$ are the coefficients and and $M$ is the order of polynomial.. And if $t_n$ is the target ...
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Interesting patterns to the algebraic solutions of polynomials [closed]

In yet another attempt to find the solution to the quintic polynomial, I started looking backwards at the solutions to the quartic, cubic, quadratic, and linear polynomials to see if I could pick up ...
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Find the number to replace the question mark in between two pairs of numbers

Here is the problem: I have to find the number to replace the question mark. I know there is a series or a pattern to find it any hint will be very helpful.
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Is there a way of making “guess the next number in the sequence” rigorous?

This is maybe more of a question for matheducators.SE than math.SE but I'm more interested in the math than the education. A common problem given to middle and high school kids (at least in America) ...
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Is there a pattern to the golden ratio number figures?

The golden ratio or phi is 1.6180339887498948482045... I am wondering if there is a pattern in the numbers so given a certain set of figures, you are able to figure out the rest of the figures ...
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Fibonacci-Like Sequence: Breeding Rabbits

I came across the following question on a math test: Suppose Fibonacci's research in the breeding habits of rabbits has been adjusted. They are now believed to be fertile after $2$ months of life, ...
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Has anyone seen this pattern that evaluates to $-\frac{1}{3}$ always?

I was recently doodling and came upon an interesting pattern. Beginning with $0$, add $1$, subtract $2$, divide by $3$, and multiply by $4$. Then add $5$, subtract $6$, divide by $7$, and multiply by ...
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Solving a Recurrence for a Mathematical Game

The problem is: Two players take turns removing coins from a pile. There are initially $n$ coins, and on each turn, a player can remove $a_1, a_2, \dotsc, a_k$ coins. The player who cannot remove ...