# When will the Collatz Conjecture be resolved?

Let's define the Collatz Program in pseudocode as

collatz(n) =
if (n is 1) return 1
else if (n is even) return collatz(n/2)
else return collatz(3n + 1)


where input n is a positive integer.

The Collatz Conjecture is that the Collatz Program halts (and returns 1) for all positive integers.

When will the Collatz Conjecture be resolved, either positively or negatively?

Take into account the following statement which Paul Erdos may or may not have made about the Conjecture: "Mathematics may not be ready for such problems".

The question resolves with a date of publication in a major mathematics journal.

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