Consider the sequence defined by , and for all . As it has been verified not to contain any primes, it is called a primefree sequence. The initial terms must be coprime, or else the lack of primes is a trivial consequence of the initial terms sharing a divisor other than 1.
Any Fibonacci-like sequence will naturally exhibit some patterns in the factorizations of its terms in relation to their indices. The initial terms are chosen so that these patterns cover any possible value of . So, for our example sequence, discovered by Wilf in 1990, , , , , etc. for a finite number of potential prime factors (and in each case).
Order is very important: switching the initial terms can cause primes to arise in the sequence. Switching the initial terms in our example causes and a few others afterwards to be prime.
The example sequence is listed in A083216 of the OEIS.
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