On Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:47:42 -0700 (PDT), Butch Malahide <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>On Mar 22, 9:43 am, David C. Ullrich <ullr...@math.okstate.edu> wrote: >> >> Hey, you guys are making progress! >> Now all we need is an f such that >> f(2) = 7, f(3) = 21 or whatever it was, >> and f(4) = 61. I doubt there's more than >> one such f... > >There are many such f's. That's not the point.
Oh. Thanks for pointing that out, chuckle.
>The point is that >knowing the values of f(n) up to n = 4 or 5 will be helpful in looking >for the sequence in the literature, e.g., in the OEIS. I don't think >computers will be terribly helpful. The rule of thumb for >combinatorial problems used to be that, with a computer, you can do >one more case than you can do by hand. With the more powerful >computers of today, maybe that's changed to 2 or 3 more cases.
Heh. Didn't know about that rule of thumb, but it sounds plausible.