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### Are there always at least *five* divisions?

@JosephO'Rourke asked a question about a Collatz like function related to primes:
$f(n) =
\begin{cases}
n^2 & \text{if} \;n \;\text{is prime} \\
\lfloor n/2 \rfloor & \text{if} \;n ...

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### A Collatz-like function that bifurcates on primes

This is likely piling one mystery on another, but ...
I was exploring a function $f(n): \mathbb{N} \mapsto \mathbb{N}$ defined as follows:
$$
f(n) =
\begin{cases}
n^2 & \text{if} \;n \;\text{is ...

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### Collatz property implying infinite “fall below” trajectories, is it known?

(this was discovered analyzing Collatz empirically.)
a key aspect of resolving Collatz involves looking at the number of iterations for trajectories to "fall below" the initial value.
consider ...

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### 3n+1 problem and cycles

Just to make sure I am up to date with this problem. I know (or I think I do) that it is not yet proven that there are no non-trivial cycles for the collatz sequence (please correct me if I am wrong). ...

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### Largest permutation groups without “non-mixing” subgroups

We say that a subgroup of ${\rm Sym}(\mathbb{N})$ has sparse orbit representatives
if it has infinitely many orbits on $\mathbb{N}$, but the set of smallest orbit
representatives has natural density 0 ...

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### Beyond Collatz: A $5n+1$ conjecture? [closed]

Let
$$x_{n+1} = \begin{cases} x_n/2 &;\text{if } x_n \equiv 0 \pmod{2}\\ k\,x_n+1 &; \text{if } x_n\equiv 1 \pmod{2} \end{cases}$$
and $k=3$ and $x_n\in\Bbb N$. Collatz conjectured for this ...

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### Group with 2 orbits on the nonnegative integers — description of the orbits

Definition: Let $r(m)$ denote the residue class $r+m\mathbb{Z}$,
where $0 \leq r < m$. Given disjoint residue classes $r_1(m_1)$ and $r_2(m_2)$,
let the class transposition ...

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### A curious sequence of rationals: finite or infinite?

Consider the following function repeatedly applied to a rational
$r = a/b$ in lowest terms:
$f(a/b) = (a b) / (a + b - 1)$.
So, $f(2/3) = 6/4 = 3/2$. $f(3/2) = 6/4 = 3/2$.
I am wondering if it is ...

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### Point me to an attempt to Proove Collatz Conjecture by Substitution and Factor analysis? [closed]

Summary of Question:
Where can I find a discussion of attempting to prove the Collatz Conjecture via substitution and abstract examination?
I've done a lot of reading on the problem, including ...

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### Implication for m-cycles in Collatz-type problems.

Background
Consider Collatz-type problems of the form $an + 1$, where $a > 2$ is a positive, odd integer (e.g., $3n + 1$, $5n +1 $, $7n + 1$, etc.). For convenience, automatically divide by two.
...

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### Larger cycle than 4, 2, 1 in Collatz iteration?

(Here I discuss the Collatz problem only for positive integers.)
It is possible, by computation, to find all cycles in the Collatz iteration of a fixed length.
It is clear that an increase must be ...

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### Collatz related question [closed]

Howdy,
Not sure this will be entirely clear, but when considering the relationship between a start value n in the Collatz algorithm and the length of the sequence generated by n, is there a function ...