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 rogue 2020-02-19 20:14

OEIS Sequence issue

I have been looking at a couple of OEIS sequences and I think that the sequences have terms that are not correct for the sequence. Assuming I can prove that sequence has a mistake, what is the process to get it corrected? I do have an OEIS account, but changing a sequence that I think is "wrong" is probably not the right way to do it.

Also, what methods are used to verify the terms of the sequenced in the first place? How does OEIS prevent garbage from making it into its database?

 matzetoni 2020-02-19 21:00

[QUOTE=rogue;537944]Also, what methods are used to verify the terms of the sequenced in the first place? How does OEIS prevent garbage from making it into its database?[/QUOTE]

 JeppeSN 2020-05-17 09:09

In most cases, just correct the wrong data, and write in the Extensions section what you did. E.g. write "Wrong entries a(10)-a(20) corrected and additional entries added by" and your name will be added after "by".

If the wrong sequence has had a long life, and may have been referred from many other places, maybe it is worth keeping it even if it is wrong. In that case, create a new sequence Ayyyyyy with the correct data. Rename the original entry to "Erroneous version of Ayyyyyy" and give it the "dead" keyword.

In any case, like matzetoni says, your changes will be reviewed before they are officially published, so if someone disagrees about your fix, they will write about that in the pink Discussion comments seen with the draft edits. So if you have doubts, be sure to check for Discussion after a while.

/JeppeSN

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