What Are Linear Sequences?

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Linear sequences are simple series of numbers that change by the same amount at each interval. The simplest linear sequence is one where each number increases by one each time: 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on.

Linear sequences are the most basic type of sequence. Learning to detect and predict sequences is useful in pattern recognition, both by visual inspection and technological algorithms. To determine if a series of numbers is a linear sequence, subtract each number by the number before it. If the result is always the same, it confirms that the pattern is a linear sequence.