The Ulam sequence is defined by , , with the general term for given by the least Integer expressible uniquely as the Sum of two distinct earlier terms. The numbers so produced are sometimes called U-Numbers or Ulam Numbers.

The first few numbers in the (1, 2) Ulam sequence are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, ... (Sloane's A002858). Here, the first
term after the initial 1, 2 is obviously 3 since . The next term is . (We don't have to worry about
since it is a sum of a single term instead of *distinct* terms.) 5 is not a member of the sequence since it is representable
in *two* ways, , but is a member.

Proceeding in the manner, we can generate Ulam sequences for any , examples of which are given in the table below.

Sloane | Sequence | |

(1, 2) | Sloane's A002858 | 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 16, 18, ... |

(1, 3) | Sloane's A002859 | 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 17, 21, ... |

(1, 4) | Sloane's A003666 | 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 16, 18, 19, ... |

(1, 5) | Sloane's A003667 | 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 20, 22, ... |

(2, 3) | Sloane's A001857 | 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 18, 19, ... |

(2, 4) | Sloane's A048951 | 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16, 22, 26, 32, 36, ... |

(2, 5) | Sloane's A007300 | 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 19, 23, ... |

Schmerl and Spiegel (1994) proved that Ulam sequences for Odd have exactly two Even terms. Ulam sequences with only finitely many Even terms eventually must have periodic successive differences (Finch 1991, 1992abc). Cassaigne and Finch (1995) proved that the Ulam sequences for (mod 4) have exactly three Even terms.

The Ulam sequence can be generalized by the *s*-Additive Sequence.

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