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Math::NumSeq::RepdigitRadix -- radix in which i is a repdigit
use Math::NumSeq::RepdigitRadix; my $seq = Math::NumSeq::RepdigitRadix->new; my ($i, $value) = $seq->next;
The radix in which i is a repdigit,
starting i=0 2, 0, 0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 2, 3, 8, 4, 10, etc
i=0 is taken to be a repdigit "00" in base 2. i=1 and i=2 are not repdigits in any radix. Then i=3 is repdigit "11" in base 2. Any i>=3 is at worst a repdigit "11" in base i-1, but may be a repdigit in a smaller base. For example i=8 is "22" in base 3.
Is this behaviour for i=0,1,2 any good? Perhaps it will change.
See "FUNCTIONS" in Math::NumSeq for behaviour common to all sequence classes.
$value = $seq->ith($i)
Return the radix in which
$iis a repdigit.
The current code relies on factorizing
$iand a hard limit of 2**32 is placed on
$iin the interests of not going into a near-infinite loop.
ith() looks for the smallest radix r for which there's a digit d and length len satisfying
i = d * repunit(len) i = d * (r^(len-1) + r^(len-2) + ... + r^2 + r + 1)
The current approach is to consider repdigit lengths successively from log2(i) downwards and candidate digits d from among the divisors of i.
for len=log2(i) down to 2 for d each divisor of i, descending r = nthroot(i/d, len-1) if r >= r_found then next len if r <= d then next divisor if (r^len-1)/(r-1) == i/d then r_found=r, next len if no r_found then r_found = i-1
For a given d the radix r to give i would be
i/d = r^(len-1) + ... + r + 1
but it's enough to calculate
i/d = r^(len-1) r = floor nthroot(i/d, len-1)
and then power up to see if it gives the desired i/d.
repunit(len) = r^(len-1) + ... + r + 1 = (r^len - 1) / (r-1) check if equals i/d
floor(nthroot()) is never too small, since an r+1 from it would give
(r+1)^(len-1) = r^(len-1) + binomial*r^(len-2) + ... + 1 > r^(len-1) + r^(len-2) + ... + 1
Divisors are taken in descending order so the radices r are in increasing order. So if a repdigit is found in a given len then it's the smallest of that length and can go on to other lengths.
The lengths can be considered in any order but the current code goes from high to low since a bigger length means a smaller maximum radix within that length (occurring when d=1, ie. a repunit), so it might establish a smaller "r_found" and a smaller r_found limits the number of divisors to be tried in subsequent lengths. But does that actually happen often enough to make any difference?
When len is even the repunit part r^(len-1)+...+1 is a multiple of r+1. Can that cut the search? For a given divisor the r is found easily enough by nthroot, but maybe i with only two prime factors can never be an even length>=4 repdigit, or something like that.
Copyright 2010, 2011, 2012 Kevin Ryde
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