# Definition

1. a(1) = 1
2. a(2) = 1
3. a(n) = a(n-a(n-1)) + a(n-a(n-2)) for n > 2 where n is an integer

Given positive integer n, generate a(n).

# Testcases

n  a(n)
1  1
2  1
3  2
4  3
5  3
6  4
7  5
8  5
9  6
10 6
11 6
12 8
13 8
14 8
15 10
16 9
17 10
18 11
19 11
20 12


# Reference

• – Leaky Nun Jul 29 '16 at 15:25
• Can we return True in languages where it can be used as 1? – Dennis Jul 29 '16 at 15:53
• @Dennis If in that language true is equivalent to 1 then yes. – Leaky Nun Jul 29 '16 at 15:54
• Apart from the OEIS link it might be good to reference GEB where the sequence first appeared. – Martin Ender Jul 29 '16 at 16:16
• Completing the list of GEB-related sequence challenges. – Martin Ender Jul 29 '16 at 17:39

## Retina, 848379 74 bytes

Byte count assumes ISO 8859-1 encoding.

.+
$*;1¶1¶ +;(?=(1)+¶(1)+)(?=(?<-1>(1+)¶)+)(?=(?<-2>(1+)¶)+)$3$4¶ G3= 1  Try it online! (The first line enables a linefeed-separated test suite.) I'll have to golf this some more later. # Haskell, 35 33 bytes a n|n<3=1|b<-a.(-)n=b(b 1)+b(b 2)  Defines a function a. • Nice trick with the bind! Wouldn't something like (b.b)1+(b.b)2 be shorter than the sum? – xnor Jul 29 '16 at 21:34 • Why yes, thanks @xnor. – Anders Kaseorg Jul 29 '16 at 22:19 # Julia, 29 bytes !n=n<3||!(n-!~-n)+!(n-!~-~-n)  Try it online! ### How it works We redefine the unary operator ! for our purposes. If n is 1 or 2, n<3 returns true and this is our return value. If n larger than 2, n<3 returns false and the || branch gets executed. This is a straightforward implementation of the definition, where ~-n yields n - 1 and ~-~-n yields n - 2. # Sesos, 54 bytes 0000000: eefb5b 04f83a a75dc2 36f8d7 cf6dd0 af7b3b 3ef8d7 ..[..:.].6...m..{;>.. 0000015: cfed12 f661f0 ae9d83 ee63e6 065df7 ce6183 af7383 ....a.....c..]..a..s. 000002a: 76ef3c 3f6383 7eff9c b9e37f v.<?c.~.....  Try it online ### Disassembled set numin set numout add 1 fwd 1 add 1 fwd 6 get sub 1 jmp jmp sub 1 fwd 1 add 1 rwd 1 jnz fwd 1 sub 1 rwd 2 add 2 jmp rwd 4 jmp sub 1 fwd 3 add 1 rwd 3 jnz fwd 4 jmp sub 1 rwd 3 add 1 rwd 1 add 1 fwd 4 jnz rwd 3 jmp sub 1 fwd 3 add 1 rwd 3 jnz fwd 4 add 2 jmp rwd 5 jmp rwd 1 jmp sub 1 fwd 2 add 1 rwd 2 jnz fwd 1 jmp sub 1 rwd 1 add 1 fwd 1 jnz rwd 1 sub 1 jnz fwd 2 jmp sub 1 rwd 1 add 1 rwd 1 add 1 fwd 2 jnz fwd 1 jmp rwd 2 jmp sub 1 fwd 1 add 1 rwd 1 jnz fwd 2 jmp sub 1 rwd 2 add 1 fwd 2 jnz fwd 1 jnz fwd 3 sub 1 jnz rwd 2 jmp sub 1 rwd 3 add 1 fwd 3 jnz fwd 1 sub 1 jnz fwd 2 jnz rwd 7 put  Or in Brainfuck notation: +>+>>>>>>,-[[->+<]>-<<++[<<<<[->>>+<<<]>>>>[-<<<+<+>>>>]<<<[->>>+<<<]>>>>++[<<<<<[< [->>+<<]>[-<+>]<-]>>[-<+<+>>]>[<<[->+<]>>[-<<+>>]>]>>>-]<<[-<<<+>>>]>-]>>]<<<<<<<.  # C, 43 42 bytes Saved 1 byte thanks to @Dennis Every answer is the same, I must do something different! Try it online! a(n){return n<3?:a(n-a(n-2))+a(n---a(n));}  Explanation: it's basically a(n-a(n-2))+a(n-a(n-1)) but with swaggyundefinedbehavior (works on my phone (gcc) and ideone). • 1. You should also mention the compiler; your "swag" is undefined behavior. 2. With GCC, you don't need the 1 between ? and :. – Dennis Jul 29 '16 at 18:00 • @Dennis Interestingly, that same formulation works in my iterative PowerShell answer... $b+=$b[$_-$b[$_-2]]+$b[$_---$b[$_]] – AdmBorkBork Jul 29 '16 at 20:28
• @TimmyD some compilers may compile the a(n) before the n--, and there isn't a standart (or defined) behavior for that. Thus, undefined behavior. – betseg Jul 29 '16 at 20:56
• @betseg Yep, I agree. Just pointing out that it's not necessarily unique to C. – AdmBorkBork Jul 29 '16 at 21:01
• @TimmyD Oh I misunderstood that. I just wanted to change the function that everybody uses, so mine would be different and swaggy :D – betseg Jul 29 '16 at 21:16

Byte count assumes ISO 8859-1 encoding and Mathematica's $CharacterEncoding set to WindowsANSI (the default on Windows; other settings might work as well, but some like UTF-8 definitely don't). ±1=±2=1 ±n_:=±(n-±(n-1))+±(n-±(n-2))  Defines ± as a unary operator. I tried getting rid of the duplication, but ended up with the same byte count: ±1=±2=1 ±n_:=Tr[±(n-±(n-#))&/@{1,2}]  • I may give you a +200 bounty if you do it in Retina – Leaky Nun Jul 29 '16 at 15:44 • @LeakyNun okay? :) – Martin Ender Jul 29 '16 at 16:13 • Two days later. – Leaky Nun Jul 29 '16 at 16:18 • @LeakyNun Soon you're going to have no rep left if you give out bounties so easily. – mbomb007 Jul 29 '16 at 19:58 • – LegionMammal978 Jul 30 '16 at 14:41 # Jelly, 15 14 bytes 2Rạ⁸ß€$⁺Sµ1>?2


Try it online! or verify all test cases (takes a few seconds).

### How it works

2Rạ⁸ß€$⁺Sµ1>?2 Main link. Argument: n (integer) 2R Yield [1, 2].$         Combine the previous three links into a monadic chain.
⁸                Yield n.
ạ                 Take the absolute difference of the return value and n.
ß€              Recursively call the main link on each result.
⁺            Duplicate the chain.
The first copy maps [1, 2] to [a(n - 1), a(n - 2)].
The second copy maps [a(n - 1), a(n - 2)] to
[a(n - a(n - 1)), a(n - a(n - 2))].
S           Take the sum.
µ          Combine all links to the left into a chain.
?       If...
> 2          n is greater than 2, call the chain.
1         Else, return 1.

• I may give you a +400 bounty if you do it in Sesos. – Leaky Nun Jul 29 '16 at 15:50
• @LeakyNun There seems to be an Sesos answer. It came out one day after your comment. – TuukkaX Feb 14 '17 at 5:48

# Jelly, 1412 11 bytes

ịḣ2S;
1Ç⁸¡2ị


This is an iterative approach.

### How it works

1Ç¡2ị   Main link. Argument: n

1       Set the return value to 1.
Ç¡     Call the helper link n times, updating the return value after each call.
2ị   Extract the second element of the resulting array.

ịḣ2S;   Helper link. Argument: A (array)

ị       At-index; retrieve the elements of A at the values of A.
ḣ2     Head 2; extract the first two results.
S   Take the sum of the result.
;  Prepend the sum to A.


# Python, 45 40 bytes

a=lambda n:n<3or a(n-a(n-1))+a(n-a(n-2))


Simple naïve interpretation of the challenge.

Saved 5 bytes thanks to @LeakyNun!

# Haskell, 39 37 Bytes

h n|n<3=1|n>2=h(n-h(n-1))+h(n-h(n-2))


exactly like described in the challenge, using guards

• Sorry, I didn't saw your solution before posting my (identical) haskell solution. However isn't the byte count 38 as the new-line has to be taken into account? – Laikoni Jul 29 '16 at 15:49
• And the guard has to be n<3 for h 2  to be 1. – Laikoni Jul 29 '16 at 15:58
• @Laikoni It's 37 according to Pythons len feature with a multiline (""") string, unless you count newline as two bytes. Yeah, I noticed the other thing it's fixed now. – KarlKastor Jul 29 '16 at 16:05
• TIL notepad++ counts newline as two character. – Laikoni Jul 29 '16 at 16:18
• @Laikoni got rid of the newline it's indisputably 37 bytes now. – KarlKastor Jul 29 '16 at 16:18

# R, 50 bytes

a=function(n)ifelse(n<3,1,a(n-a(n-1))+a(n-a(n-2)))


Usage:

> a(1)
1
> a(20)
12


XXri{_($2$$+}*]-3=  Try it online! Uses the iterative approach. ## C#, 51 44 bytes int a(int n)=>n<3?1:a(n-a(n-1))+a(n-a(n-2));  i wonder if this can be shortened by making it anonymous thanks pinkfloydx33! • c# 6 expression bodied function int a(int n)=>n<3?1:a(n-a(n-a))+a(n-a(n-2)); – pinkfloydx33 Jul 29 '16 at 18:57 • Seems I typod while typing that on my phone. The inner most -a in the first set of parens should be -1 – pinkfloydx33 Jul 30 '16 at 10:16 • I didn't notice it either, ill fix it rq – downrep_nation Jul 30 '16 at 10:27 ## JavaScript (ES6), 45 Bytes 34 Bytes A recursive solution in ES6. Any golfing tips much appreciated. a=n=>n>2?a(n-a(n-1))+a(n-a(n-2)):1  Thank you to /u/ismillo for shortening even further. # Golfscript, 29 bytes ~[1 1]{..0=(=\..1=(=@+\+}@*2=  Try it online! ## 05AB1E, 29 bytes An iterative solution. XˆXˆÍL>v¯¤ys-è¯y¯yÍè-è+ˆ}¯¹<è  Try it online # APL, 20 bytes {⍵≤2:1⋄+/∇¨⍵-∇¨⍵-⍳2}  Explanation: {⍵≤2:1⋄+/∇¨⍵-∇¨⍵-⍳2} ⍵≤2:1 If argument is 2 or less, return 1 ⋄ Otherwise: ⍵-⍳2 Subtract [1, 2] from the argument ∇¨ Recursive call on both ⍵- Subtract both results from the argument ∇¨ Recursive call on both again +/ Sum  # VBA Excel 87 bytes Non-recursive, since I want this to work for n=100000, say: Function A(N):ReDim B(N):For i=3 To N:B(i)=B(i-B(i-1)-1)+B(i-B(i-2)-1)+1:Next:A=B(N)+1  ... and press return (byte #87) at the end of the line to get the End Function statement for "free". Note that B values are offset by -1 to avoid initializing for n=1 and 2. Invoke in spreadsheet as normal, eg =A(100000) to get 48157 The recursive version, 61 bytes, Function Y(N):If N<3 Then Y=1 Else Y=Y(N-Y(N-1))+Y(N-Y(N-2))  starts to get unreasonably slow for n>30, and couldn't be said to work at all for n>40. • We don't care about performance. We care about code length. You should move your shorter solution to the top of your answer. – mbomb007 Aug 1 '16 at 16:36 • @mbomb007 Since I'm nowhere near winning the golf, I'll make my own choices on what constitutes a working program. Not able to handle even single byte integers is not good enough as far as I'm concerned, when there is a solution which can do so easily. – Joffan Aug 1 '16 at 16:57 # Ruby, 36 bytes A direct implementation. Any golfing suggestions are welcome. a=->n{n<3?1:a[n-a[n-1]]+a[n-a[n-2]]}  • Afaik, you can get rid of the a=. If you post it here, it suffices when your code starts with the ->. It counts as an anonymous function then. – Seims Aug 3 '16 at 10:08 • @Seims Unfortunately, as the function calls itself with a[n-1] and such, the function needs to be named. – Sherlock9 Aug 3 '16 at 11:04 ## Java 7, 6861 51 bytes 17 saved thanks to Leaky Nun. int a(int n){return n<3?1:a(n-a(n-1))+a(n-a(n-2));}  • Welcome to PPCG! – AdmBorkBork Jul 29 '16 at 17:45 • Welcome to PPCG! You might like Tips for Golfing in Java. An alternate form would be: int a(int n){return n<3?1:a(n-a(n-2))+a(n---a(n));}, but unfortunately it uses the same amount of bytes as the answer you already have.. Also, I would specify that your answer is in Java 7, since the Java 8 answer would be shorter: n->return n<3?1:a(n-a(n-1))+a(n-a(n-2)) (39 bytes). – Kevin Cruijssen Aug 3 '16 at 12:44 • Thanks for the welcomes guys, and thanks for the tip on Java8 - I didn't realize lambdas were allowed like that - although they're allowed like that in Python, so I guess I just never thought about it. Does the lambda need a semi-colon? – Justin Aug 3 '16 at 12:46 • @JustinTervay I don't use Java 8 a lot, but from what I've heard the semi-colon isn't counted on single-line expressions, according to a comment by @DavidConrad and @CAD97 in one of my own Java answers. – Kevin Cruijssen Aug 3 '16 at 12:50 # Oasis, 97 5 bytes (non-competing) Non-competing, since the language postdates the challenge. Thanks to Kenny Lau for saving 4 bytes. Code: ece+V  Expanded form (V is short for 11): a(n) = ece+ a(0) = 1 a(1) = 1  Code: e # Stack is empty, so a(n - 1) is used, and it calculates a(n - a(n - 1)) c # Calculate a(n - 2) e # Calculate a(n - a(n - 2)) + # Add up  Try it online!. Calculates n = 1000 in 0.1 seconds. ## PowerShell v2+, 8579 69 bytes param($n)$b=1,1;2..$n|%{$b+=$b[$_-$b[$_-1]]+$b[$_-$b[$_-2]]};$b[$n-1]  Takes input $n, sets $b to be an array of @(1, 1), then enters a loop from 2 ..$n. Each iteration we tack onto $b the latest calculation in the sequence with a simple += and the definition of the sequence. We then output the appropriate number from $b (with a -1 because arrays in PowerShell are zero-indexed). This works if $n is 1 or 2 because both of those values are pre-populated into the lower indices of $b from the start, so even if the loop tacks on junk, it's ignored anyway.

### Recursive solution 78 76 bytes

$a={param($k)if($k-lt3){1}else{(&$a($k-(&$a($k-1))))+(&$a($k-(&$a($k-2))))}}  First time I've used the equivalent of a lambda as the answer, as usually an iterative solution is shorter (as you can see from all the nested parens). But, in this case, the nested parens are almost duplicated in the iterative solution with the nested array calls, so the recursive solution is shorter. Nope, the iterative solution is indeed shorter (see above). Call it via the execution-operator, like &$a 20. Just a straight-up recursive call.

## JavaScript (ES6), 66 bytes

n=>[...Array(n+1)].reduce((p,_,i,a)=>a[i]=i<3||a[i-p]+a[i-a[i-2]])


Non-recursive version for speed; recursive version is probably shorter but I'll leave it for someone else to write. I always like it when I get to use reduce. Note: 1 byte saved by returning true (which casts to 1 when used in an integer context) for of a(1) and a(2).

# Pyth, 16 bytes

L|<b3smy-bytdtBb

L                  def y(b):
|<b3                b < 3 or …
m      tBb       map for d in [b - 1, b]:
y-bytd            y(b - y(d - 1))
s                 sum


Defines a function y.

Try it online (added yMS20 to print the first 20 values)

# Forth, 76 bytes

I finally got it working!

: Q recursive dup dup 3 < if - 1+ else 2dup 2 - Q - Q -rot 1- Q - Q + then ;


Try it online

Explanation:

: Q recursive                           \ Define a recursive function Q
dup dup 3 <                         \ I moved a dup here to golf 2 bytes
if                                  \ If n < 3, return 1
- 1                             \ Golf: n-n is zero, add one. Same as 2drop 1+
else
2dup 2 - Q - Q                  \ Copy n until 4 on stack, find Q(n-Q(n-2))
-rot                            \ Move the result below 2 copies of n
1- Q - Q +                      \ Find Q(n-Q(n-2)), then add to previous ^
then ;


Try it online (slightly un-golfed from above)

Unfortunately, mutual recursion is a bit too wordy to use for golfing.

# Maple, 43 41 bytes

a:=n->if(n>2,a(n-a(n-1))+a(n-a(n-2)),1)


Usage:

> a(1);
1
> a(20);
12


This problem is certainly a good candidate for memoization. Using option cache, the run times are cut down significantly:

aC := proc(n)
option cache;
ifelse( n > 2, aC( n - aC(n-1) ) + aC( n - aC(n-2) ), 1 );
end proc:


This can be seen using:

CodeTools:-Usage( aC(50) );


# J, 29 28 bytes

1:(+&$:/@:-$:@-&1 2)@.(2&<)


Uses the recursive definition.

### Usage

Extra commands are used for formatting multiple input/output.

   f =: 1:(+&$:/@:-$:@-&1 2)@.(2&<)
(,:f"0) >: i. 20
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
1 1 2 3 3 4 5 5 6  6  6  8  8  8 10  9 10 11 11 12


### Explanation

1:(+&$:/@:-$:@-&1 2)@.(2&<)  Input: n
2&<   If n < 2
1:                              Return 1
Else
-&1 2            Subtract [1, 2] from n to get [n-1, n-2]
$:@ Call recursively on n-1 and n-2 - Subtract each of the results from n /@: Reduce using$:                          A recursive call on each
+&                            Then summation
Return that value as the result


# dc, 62 bytes

?si2sa1dd2:a:a[la1+dsadd1-;a-;alad2-;a-;a+r:ali;a0=A]dsAxli;af


This solution makes use of arrays and recursion.

?si          # Take input from stdin and store it in register i'
2sa          # Initialise register a' with 2, since we'll be putting in the first
#   two values in the sequence
1dd2         # Stack contents, top-down: 2 1 1 1
:a           # Pop index, then pop value: Store 1 in a
:a           # Ditto:                     Store 1 in a
[            # Open macro definition
la 1+ dsa   # Simple counter mechanism: Increment a and keep a copy on stack

# The STACK-TRACKER(tm): Top of stack will be at top of each column, under the
#   dashed line. Read commands from left to right, wrapping around to next line.
#   This will be iteration number n.
dd   1-    ;a       -          ;a            la            d
#-----------------------------------------------------------------------
# n    n-1   a[n-1]   n-a[n-1]   a[n-a[n-1]]   n             n
# n    n     n        n          n             a[n-a[n-1]]   n
# n    n     n                                 n             a[n-a[n-1]]
#                                                            n
#

2-            ;a            -             ;a            +      r    :a
#-----------------------------------------------------------------------
# n-2           a[n-2]        n-a[n-2]      a[n-a[n-2]]   a[n]   n
# n             n             a[n-a[n-1]]   a[n-a[n-1]]   n      a[n]
# a[n-a[n-1]]   a[n-a[n-1]]   n             n
# n             n

li;a        # Load index of target element, and fetch that element's current value
#    Uninitialised values are zero
0=A         # If a[i]==0, execute A to compute next term
]dsAx        # Close macro definition, store on A' and execute
li;a         # When we've got enough terms, load target index and push value
f            # Dump stack (a[i]) to stdout

• In conclusion, if anyone is building an IDE for dc, let me know! – Joe Jul 29 '16 at 22:52

# Erlang, 46 bytes

f(N)when N<3->1;f(N)->f(N-f(N-1))+f(N-f(N-2)).


## Lua, 59 bytes

function a(n)return n<3 and 1 or a(n-a(n-1))+a(n-a(n-2))end