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Let $0 < a < 1$ be fixed, and integer $n$ tends to infinity. It is not hard to show that the number of integers $k$ coprime to $n$ such that $1\leq k\leq an$ asymtotically equals $(a+o(1))\varphi(n)$. The question is: what are the best known estimates for the remainder and where are they written?

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Vinogradov, I. M. An introduction to the theory of numbers, Ch. 2, problem N 19. It gives error term $O(\tau(n))$. But direct application of inclusion-exclusion principle gives $O(2^{\omega(n)})$ (where $\tau$ is the number of divisors, and $\omega$ is the number of prime divisors

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Alexey, is that really the way you spell your surname? –  Robin Chapman Apr 29 '10 at 18:09
    
It's my fault: I asked Alexey (Ustinov) to answer so he didn't pay enough attention to filling in his data accurately. –  Wadim Zudilin Apr 29 '10 at 21:37
    
Now my name is correct. –  Alexey Ustinov May 4 '10 at 22:49

In a similar question Bound the error in estimating a relative totient function , Alan Haynes notes in an answer that Vijayraghavan in 1951 had published a result showing many $n$ for which (for certain a) the error approaches $2^{\omega(n) - 1}$. Further, Lehmer in 1955 showed that for certain values of a (namely q/k where k divides p-1 and p divides n) that the error was 0.

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