Ward, Morgan (1933) A Property of Recurring Series. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 19 (10). pp. 914-916. ISSN 0027-8424 http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:WARpnas33
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If (U): U1, U2, ... , Un,.., denotes a sequence of rational numbers satisfying a linear difference equation of order k with rational coefficients, then if a group of k consecutive terms of (U) ever repeats itself, all the roots of the polynomial associated with the difference equation are roots of unity, and the sequence (U) is periodic.  I show here that the like occurs, generally speaking, if one term of the sequence repeats itself at regular intervals a sufficient number of times.
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