It is theoretically impossible for a computer to determine the pattern

of an arbitrary number series. The only patterns it will recognize

are the patterns you program it to detect. So to detect a Fibonacci

series, just read each value, do the math, and compare to the actual

sequence. THe formula for Fibonnaci is N_t+2 = N_t+1 + N_t for t=0 to

inifinity with N_0 = 1.

Sriram Krishnan [at] gmx [dot] net wrote:

Given an arbitrary number series, how do I identify the series and find

the Nth number...

for e.g 1,3,5,7 is an AP and the next number will be 9

1,8,27,64 is the series of cubes and the next will be 125

1,1,2,3,5,8 is the Fibonacci series

The thing is I'll be given the series only...I have to identify the

series and find the next number. Pointers on how to do this please ...

Regards,

Sriram