The 3x+1 problem and its generalizations (Organic Mathematics Proceedings)
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|The 3x+1 problem, also known as the Collatz problem, the Syracuse problem, Kakutani's problem, Hasse's algorithm, and Ulam's problem, concerns the behavior of the iterates of the function which takes odd integers n to 3n+1 and even integers n to n/2. The 3x+1 Conjecture asserts that, starting from any positive integer n, repeated iteration of this function eventually produces the value 1. This extensive paper previously appeared in the American Mathematical Monthly.|
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