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Fibonacci Sequence Problem

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Take any of the generalizations about the Fibonacci Numbers that we have considered, and investigate what happens if the sequence is formed by two different starting numbers but continues in the same way by adding successive pairs of terms. For example, you might form a new pseudo-Fibonacci sequence in this way:
2, 5, 7, 12, 19, 31, 50, 81, 131,.....

a) Does the generalization still hold? Why or why not?
b) Can you generalize for all Fibonacci-type sequences?
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I have 3 generalizations:
1) f_n = 2f_(n-1) - f_(n-3)
2) f_(n+4) + f_(n+1) = 2f_(n+3)
3) summation from of f_i where i from 1 to n = f_(n+2) - 1

Note that: "f_n" means f sub n

I tried them out. The 1st and 2nd generalization still holds, but the 3rd one doesn't hold. So, my answer for question a) is "yes" for 1) and 2) but "no" for my 3 rd generalization. My instructor said that I am wrong. And she said that if I look, for example, at # 3 more carefully there is a generalization but I have to "tweak" it a bit but that is because the numbers I start with are different. I don't see what she meant by tweaking it. Anyway, can you help me with this problem in details please?

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