TY - JOUR

T1 - Gaps in the Thue-Morse word

AU - Spiegelhofer, Lukas

N1 - Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of Australian Mathematical Publishing Association Inc.

PY - 2023/2/25

Y1 - 2023/2/25

N2 - The Thue–Morse sequence is a prototypical automatic sequence found in diverse areas of mathematics, and in computer science. We study occurrences of factors w within this sequence, or more precisely, the sequence of gaps between consecutive occurrences. This gap sequence is morphic; we prove that it is not automatic as soon as the length of w is at least 2 , thereby answering a question by J. Shallit in the affirmative. We give an explicit method to compute the discrepancy of the number of occurrences of the block 01 in the Thue–Morse sequence. We prove that the sequence of discrepancies is the sequence of output sums of a certain base- 2 transducer.

AB - The Thue–Morse sequence is a prototypical automatic sequence found in diverse areas of mathematics, and in computer science. We study occurrences of factors w within this sequence, or more precisely, the sequence of gaps between consecutive occurrences. This gap sequence is morphic; we prove that it is not automatic as soon as the length of w is at least 2 , thereby answering a question by J. Shallit in the affirmative. We give an explicit method to compute the discrepancy of the number of occurrences of the block 01 in the Thue–Morse sequence. We prove that the sequence of discrepancies is the sequence of output sums of a certain base- 2 transducer.

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U2 - 10.1017/S1446788721000380

DO - 10.1017/S1446788721000380

M3 - Article

VL - 114.2023

SP - 110

EP - 144

JO - Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society

JF - Journal of the Australian Mathematical Society

SN - 1446-1811

IS - 1

ER -