24 is the next number in this sequence. This would adhere to the pattern of adding five to a number followed by deleting two. The first three digits in this series signify the following: 13 + 5 = 18 and 18 – 2 = 16.
Recognizing a pattern within a sequence of numbers facilitates the identification of numbers that occur far later, frequently without writing down the complete sequence. Pattern recognition has various applications, such as calculating likelihood. Some number sequences are so prevalent that they have a name. In the Fibonacci sequence, for instance, a number equals the sum of the two preceding numbers.