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This entry needs disambiguation from the Galvin Institute's Perfect Power, which is all about better electrical power. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 134.134.139.70 (talk)

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Computer Program for Perfect Powers[edit]

Has anyone figured out a computer program for determining perfect powers in chronological order (A001597), excluding 1? Where n is the instance in the set and y is the value of that instance:

n=1, y=4
n=2, y=8
n=3, y=9
n=4, y=16
n=5, y=25
n=6, y=27
n=7, y=32
n=8, y=36

What about a math equation? Jeanlovecomputers (talk) 01:19, 14 February 2010 (UTC)

It's not too hard to come up with an algorithm for producing an ordered list of perfect powers:
  1. Start with a set S containing 22 = 4, and an empty list L.
  2. Find the smallest member of S - call it x. Then x is nm for some n and m.
  3. Remove x from S and append x to L.
  4. Add nm+1 to the set S.
  5. If m is even then x is a square - suppose x = k2. Add (k+1)2 to the set S also.
  6. Repeat from 2.
So the first few iterations are:
L = {}, S = {4}. Remove 4 from S and append it to L. Add 23 = 8 and 32 = 9 to S.
L = {4}, S = {8,9}. Remove 8 from S and append it to L. Add 24 = 16 to S.
L = {4,8}, S = {9,16}. Remove 9 from S and append it to L. Add 33 = 27 and 42 = 16 to S.
L = {4,8,9}, S = {16,27}. Remove 16 from S and append it to L. Add 25 = 32 and 52 = 25 to S.
L = {4,8,9,16}, S = {27,32,25}. Remove 25 from S and append it to L. Add 53 = 125 and 62 = 36 to S.
L = {4,8,9,16,25}, S = {27,32,125,36}. Remove 27 from S and append it to L. Add 34 = 81 to S.
L = {4,8,9,16,25,27}, S = {32,125,36,81}. Remove 32 from S and append it to L. Add 26 = 64 to S.
etc. Gandalf61 (talk) 10:10, 14 February 2010 (UTC)
I did something of the like to create a Qbasic program. All my program asks for is a maximum y. It scans each integer base for each integer \ge 4 to y. The maximum m, which is the base, is:
\lfloor \sqrt y \rfloor
I wish I could put up a screenshot of my program. But again, is there an equation for this? Because equations can't have booleans, can they? Jeanlovecomputers (talk) 15:46, 14 February 2010 (UTC)
New information: The set A001597 without the 1 is the set A072777. Jeanlovecomputers (talk) 20:41, 16 February 2010 (UTC)

Set A072777[edit]

Here is a mathematical representation of the set:

P = \lbrace m^k : m, k \in \mathbb{N} \,, m, k > 1 \rbrace

Jeanlovecomputers (talk) 20:39, 30 April 2010 (UTC)