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#1 Molly Mae

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:00 PM

So pi never repeats, eh?

Assume that an arbitrary number extends into infinity without ever repeating in whole.

Tell me: what is the number of digits needed to guarantee that any string of 5 numbers is repeated?

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:22 PM

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:25 PM

Think I'm missing overlaps, but someone else can expand if I did.
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#4 Molly Mae

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Posted 30 September 2011 - 08:33 PM

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Good enough for me.

Now: What if no number can ever appear twice in a row?
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 06:07 AM

I see two interpretations for Molly Mae's additional restriction "Now: What if no number can ever appear twice in a row?" Assuming that you mean that the irrational number never has two of the same digit in a row, then
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On the other hand, if the intent is to allow the irrational number to have same digits adjacent but find a repeating sequence that does not allow adjacent numbers
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Posted 02 October 2011 - 01:43 PM

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:06 PM

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Right, I wasn't asking for the minimum, else it would have strictly been 6. Which is also not clever.

My wording was simple and straightforward for two reasons: If pi extends into infinity, can we ever anticipate a string of 5 numbers to repeat? 10 numbers? 12,462 numbers?

EDIT: (The second reason is that I was bored on a Friday...which happens often where I am.)

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