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# Number of points of accumulation of a sequence

Can a sequence have infinitely many points of accumulation i.e. we can extract infinitely many subsequences from it s.t. they all converge to their respective point of accumulation? I have the feeling it would mean that the period of repetition of something could be infinitely big.

Start with $0,1$. Then travel backwards to $0$ in steps of $1/2$, so $1/2,0$. Then travel forwards to $1$ in steps of $1/4$, so $1/4,2/4,3/4,1$. Then travel backwards to $0$ in steps of $1/8$, so $7/8$, $6/8$, $5/8$, and so on. Continue.

Every real between $0$ and $1$ is an accumulation point of our sequence.

Yes, this is possible. For example consider the sequence $a_n$ for $n \ge 2$ defined as the smallest divisor of $n$ greater than $1$.

The accumulation points are all the prime numbers. Subsequences witnessing them are for instance the $p$-th powers for each prime $p$.

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# Number of points of accumulation of a sequence

Can a sequence have infinitely many points of accumulation i.e. we can extract infinitely many subsequences from it s.t. they all converge to their respective point of accumulation? I have the feeling it would mean that the period of repetition of something could be infinitely big.

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Start with $0,1$. Then travel backwards to $0$ in steps of $1/2$, so $1/2,0$. Then travel forwards to $1$ in steps of $1/4$, so $1/4,2/4,3/4,1$. Then travel backwards to $0$ in steps of $1/8$, so $7/8$, $6/8$, $5/8$, and so on. Continue.

Every real between $0$ and $1$ is an accumulation point of our sequence.

@MehdiSlimani: You are welcome. If you prefer we could use $0,1,1/2,0,1/3,2/3,1,3/4,2/4,1/4,0,1/5,2/5,\dots$ and then we can quote the result that the rationals in $[0,1]$ are dense in $[0,1]$. - André Nicolas Apr 29 at 16:29

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