# Questions tagged [collatz-conjecture]

The Collatz Conjecture, also known as the 3n+1 conjecture, is a famous open problem named after Lothar Collatz.

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### Summary of ``Almost All Orbits of the Collatz Map Attain Almost Bounded Values"

Terence Tao's 2019 paper ``Almost all Orbits of the Collatz map attain almost bounded values" is pretty famous. However, it's also long and complicated. I think there are useful techniques to ...

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### Does this iterating process always returns to 0 for positive $a_0$?

Given $a_0$ be an positive integer, define
$$ a_{n+1} =
\begin{cases}
8a_n, & \text{if $a_n$ is odd} \\
\lfloor a_n/3\rfloor, & \text{if $a_n$ is even}
\end{cases}$$
Now form the sequence $(...

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### Surreal numbers and the Collatz iteration as a game?

Let us define a game based on the Collatz function $C(n) = n/2$ if $n$ is even, otherwise $=3n+1$.
Each number $n$ represents a game played by left $L$ and right $R$:
$$n = \{L_n | R_n \}$$
The rules ...

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### Generating functions of Collatz iterates?

Let $C(n) = n/2$ if $n$ is even and $3n+1$ otherwise be the Collatz function.
We look at the generating function $f_n(x) = \sum_{k=0}^\infty C^{(k)}(n)x^k$ of the iterates of the Collatz function.
The ...

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### Collatz conjecture and a diophantine equation

Let $M \ge 2$. Inspired by the Collatz iteration / algorithm ($M=2$), I tried the following function:
$$C_M(n) = n/M, \text{ if } n \equiv 0 \mod M, \text{ otherwise } (M+1)n+\{(M-n) \mod M \}$$
We ...

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### Generalized Collatz sequences

Let $\mathbb{N}$ denote the set of positive integers. For $k\in\mathbb{N}$ let $c_k:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$ be defined by $x\mapsto x/2$ for $x$ even and $x\mapsto kx+1$ otherwise. The Collatz ...

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### What is the quotient (pseudo)metric $d_\sim$ and how do I identify the infimum of possible sequences in this instance?

Let $Z$ be the the set of dyadic and ternary rationals in the interval $\left[\frac12,1\right)$ whose 3-adic valuation is either $-1$ or $0$, with the standard absolute value topology inherited from ...

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### Collatz conjecture in all its variants

There are all kinds of execution variants to the collatz conjecture for when hitting an odd number:
$3n+1$ or $3n+3^a$ or $1.5n + 0.5$ or $1.5n + 1.5$... . The assumption is: proving any of them will ...

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### Does this prove Collatz is a $\Sigma_1$ problem?

So I got an email from one of my colleagues on the Collatz Conjecture with a link to the article Computer Scientists Attempt to Corner the Collatz Conjecture by Kevin Hartnett in Quanta Magazine.
On ...

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### Heuristic for a density conjecture related to the Collatz $(3x+1)$-problem

First, some notation. Define $T(n)$ over $n\in \mathbb{N}$ as:
$$
T(n) = \left\{ \begin{array}{}
3n+1, & \text{if $n$ is odd}\ \\
n/2, & \text{if $n$ is even}
\end{array} \right.
$$
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### A possibly easy question about latent geometry in Collatz sequences

I have a question about some (seemingly unimportant) behavior I noticed in Collatz sequences, which I haven't been able to find a general answer to upon rough scan of the literature (please be aware ...

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### The irrational numbers α such that n odd and m=⌊nα⌋ odd implies ⌊mα⌋ odd

This post is the analogous of that one (about $\sqrt{2}$) but with a much stronger expectation here.
We observed, and then this comment of Lucia proved, that for $\phi$ the golden ratio, if $n$ ...

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### Unexpected behavior involving √2 and parity

This post makes a focus on a very specific part of that long post. Consider the following map:
$$f: n \mapsto \left\{
\begin{array}{ll}
\left \lfloor{n/\sqrt{2}} \right \rfloor & \...

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### Borderline Collatz-like problems

The usual Collatz map is $C:n \mapsto n/2$ if $n$ even, $(3n+1)/2$ if $n$ odd. Let $f^{\circ (r+1)}:=f \circ f^{\circ r}$.
We suspect that for every fixed $n>0$, the sequence $C^{\circ r}(n)$ ...

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### Arithmetic progressions in stopping time of Collatz sequences

Inspired by the question here, we did a few more simulations of numbers of some specific forms and noticed a pattern.
We consider the original $3n+1$ transform where we divide by $2$ if it's even and ...

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### Proof that $3^ns + \sum_{k=0}^{n-1} 3^{n-k-1}2^{a_k}=2^m.$

How would I go about proving the following:
For any odd positive integer $s$, there exists a sequence of nonnegative integers $( a_0, a_1, \cdots, a_{n-1})$ and a nonnegative integer $m$ such that,
$...

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### Explicit bounds from Tao's result on Collatz conjecture

A new preprint by Terry Tao has recently appeared and has established some interesting results regarding the topic of Collatz conjecture. I will not cite the precise result, but rather an equivalent ...

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### A complementary of the Collatz $3x+1$ problem

Let $\mathbb{N}_{\text{odd}}$ be the set of odd positive integers. For $x_0 \in \mathbb{N}_{\text{odd}}$
consider the set-valued sequence $\{A_n\}_{n=0}^{\infty}$ defined by the formula
$$
A_0 = \{...

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### Two reasons why the Collatz conjecture could fail

Let $\mathbb{N}$ denote the set of positive integers. The Collatz function $f:\mathbb{N}\to\mathbb{N}$ is given by $f(n) = n/2$ for $n$ even and $f(n) = 3n+1$ for $n$ odd. Given $k\in\mathbb{N}$ we ...

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### For which primes does this iterated function act transitively? (Sort of a finite analogue of Collatz conjecture.)

Background: I was trying to prove something having to do with cyclic group actions on matroids and was able to show that what I want holds if a particular elementary-looking number-theoretic property ...

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### Is there a known Turing machine which halts if and only if the Collatz conjecture has a counterexample?

Some of the simplest and most interesting unproved conjectures in mathematics are Goldbach's conjecture, the Riemann hypothesis, and the Collatz conjecture.
Goldbach's conjecture asserts that every ...

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### Are there integral solutions for $(2a-1)(2^{(b+c)}-3^c )=2^b-1$?

Can anyone prove this assertion? Or at least suggest a method of attack? It has come up in my research.
There do not exist $a,b$ and $c$ such that$$
(2a-1)(2^{(b+c)}-3^c )=2^b-1
$$where $a>0,b&...

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### Density of the Klarner-Rado Sequence

Consider the Klarner-Rado sequence OEIS A005658 defined by the rule: the sequence starts with 1, and if it contains $n$ it also contains $2n$, $3n+2$ and $6n+3$. According to R. Guy's popular article,...

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### How can I catalog these generalized Collatz problems?

The Collatz conjecture can be expressed in terms of a ruleset in the language $\{x,+,1,\rightarrow,;\}$:
$x + x + 1 \rightarrow x+x+x+1+1;$
$x + x \rightarrow x;$
Whenever a number matches the LHS ...

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### A problem involving the inverse Collatz map

Let $C$ be the Collatz map on the natural numbers, defined by:
$$C(n) :=
\begin{cases}
n/2 & \text{if} \;n \;\text{even} \\
(3n+1)/2 & \text{if} \;n \;\text{odd}
\end{cases}$$
The inverse ...

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### Identification of Invariant Sets for Discrete Dynamical Systems on the Positive Integers

Let $\phi:\mathbb{N}\times \mathbb{N}^+\rightarrow \mathbb{N}^+$ be a dynamical system on the positive integers. Suppose we refer to the orbit of a periodic point of $\phi$ as an invariant set of the ...

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### Undecidable easy arithmetical statement

Is there a basic arithmetic statement which is known to be undecidable ?
By basic arithmetic statement I do mean an easy statement in the spirit of the Collatz conjecture . By the way is there some ...

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### Are there infinitely many solutions of $2^k=3^z-1$ with $k,z \in \mathbb{N}$? [duplicate]

This question arose as an attempt to answer the following question Relaxed Collatz 3x+1 conjecture. I wanted to show that there is a solution of the equation $2^{k}=3^{z}(2n+1)-1$ for each $n\geq 2$,
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### A Zsigmondy-theorem-analogy in the generalized Collatz-problem $3x+\rho$?

Remark : I've found a rather trivial answer for this question and so very likely the premise of paralleling it with the Zsigmondy-theorem is wrong, so this question might better be retracted. I'll ...

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### A Collatz-like problem on prime numbers

Consider the function $f$ on the prime numbers defined by $$ f(p):= \text{ the greatest prime factor of } 2p+1.$$ The iteration of $f$ from any prime $p<10^8$ converges to the cycle $$(3,7,5,11,23,...

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### Possible behaviors of integer sequences that arise from powering nonnegative integer matrices

Let's call a sequence of nonnegative integers $x_1,x_2,\ldots$ matrix-realizable, if there exists a $k\times k$ nonnegative integer matrix $A$ (for some $k$), as well as nonnegative integer vectors $u,...

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### Collatz-like properties of finite fields

I was wondering what an equivalent of the Collatz conjecture might be for finite fields. In a Collatz sequence a number is moved down within a set $\{2^k n : k \in \mathbb{Z}^* \}$ for some odd $n$ or ...

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### Does 53 diverge to infinity in this Collatz-like sequence?

This function has been explored a bit at MSE (in June 2016):
\begin{eqnarray}
f(n) &=& (n-1)^2 \; \textrm{if} \; (n \bmod 4) = 1\\
f(n) &=& \lfloor n/4 \rfloor \; \textrm{otherwise}
\...

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### Some Questions on the Collatz conjecture (reexpressed as “equivalence relation”)

The set of all positive whole numbers is denoted by $\mathbb{N}_+$.
Let $f\colon\ \mathbb{N}_+\to\mathbb{N}_+:n\mapsto
\begin{cases}\frac{n}{2}&\text{$n$ even}\\3n+1&\text{$n$ odd}\end{cases}$...

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### Relaxed Collatz 3x+1 conjecture

The Collatz $3x+1$ conjecture claims that any positive integer can eventually be reduced to $1$ by iterative application of the maps $x \mapsto 3x+1$ whenever $x$ is odd and $x \mapsto x/2$ whenever $...

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### A Collatz-like question about permutations

An answer to this question would provide an explicit counterexample to this question, but otherwise I don't know if it is interesting.
Consider all permutations $\pi$ on the natural numbers such that ...

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### Residue class sufficiency sets for the Collatz conjecture

I have recently managed to show a sequence of sufficiency sets for the Collatz conjecture whose natural density approaches 0 (the set theoretic limit approaches the set $\{1\}$). It is an extension of ...

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### Transitivity on $\mathbb{N}_0$ — a 42 problem

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 $\tau_{r_1(m_1),r_2(m_2)}$ be the ...

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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 \;\text{...

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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 a ...

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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 $\tau_{r_1(m_1),r_2(m_2)}...

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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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### Collatz stopping-time and Poisson distribution, and connection to other problems?

I read many threads about Collatz here - so don't worry, this is no attempt to any proof, just asking about a curious fact:
This graph gives the stopping-time of Collatz sequences up to $n=10^8$
(...

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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 cycles (of some length $m$) in Collatz-type problems: typical ratio between largest and smallest element?

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 ...