Solution 59: Recursion and Hidden Fibonacci Sequence

  • Published on Sep 27, 2018
  • We use creative counting methods--recursion and one-to-one correspondence--to count the number of 9-digit (and 2001-digit) integers that satisfy the constraints.
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Comments • 11

  • LetsSolveMathProblems
    LetsSolveMathProblems  10 months ago +17

    *At 9:13 and 12:25, I should have written 38, NOT 39. I sincerely apologize for such an elementary error (in division by 2, out of all potential mistakes; sigh...). This may be the most glaring, silly mistake I have made so far. Hopefully it does not detract too much from the main argument of the video. =)

  • Henry M.
    Henry M. 8 months ago +1

    a bit late to the party, but here's a 2-liner in python:

    import itertools
    len([x for x in itertools.product(range(1,4), repeat=9) if all((x[k]>x[k-1] and x[k]>x[k+1]) for k in range(1,9,2)) and x[::-1]>x]) #this is why you should learn python
    btw, F10+F9=F11 and F2002+F2001=F2003 ;)

  • Abolish Roe v. Wade, not ICE!

    This video just reinforces the stereotype that Asians are good in math (and are nerds).

  • adandap
    adandap 10 months ago +2

    Very very nice. Looking at the several pages of notes I wrote while unsuccessfully trying this problem while sitting on a train, I see the word 'palindrome', a correct counting of the 3 and five digit numbers... and nothing helpful beyond that. The idea of setting up a couple of difference equations never occurred to me. But I can divide by 2 accurately, so there's that. :D

    • LetsSolveMathProblems
      LetsSolveMathProblems  10 months ago +1

      Perhaps I should review division worksheets from elementary school. =)

  • Amit Kumar
    Amit Kumar 10 months ago

    Sir,would u tell me how do u make effective thumbnails for ur videos??

  • Sajid Rizvi
    Sajid Rizvi 10 months ago +2

    This was soo good!

  • Tony James
    Tony James 10 months ago

    One quick note. When you gave the answer formula using Fibonacci numbers you can reduce it a bit further
    F10 + F9 = F11
    - F6 - F5 = -(F6 + F5) = -F7
    Putting that together:
    (F10 + F9 - F6 - F5) / 2 = (F11 - F7) / 2
    In general, the solution for a number with n digits (where n is odd) would be [F(n+2) - F((n+5) /2] / 2

  • David Franco
    David Franco 10 months ago +2

    I also solved with a program, but I don't use 9 nested for-loop, just 2 XD
    (well 4 if you count the auxiliary function)

  • Boris Valderrama
    Boris Valderrama 10 months ago +2


  • Mertianyiva
    Mertianyiva 10 months ago +3

    first yay :)