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

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...