# Tagged Questions

**6**

votes

**5**answers

609 views

### What makes a set random?

There are many results in number theory, where the existence
of some $B \subseteq \mathbb{N}$ with certain properties is proved by
a probabilistic argument employing "random sets". One such example
...

**10**

votes

**2**answers

275 views

### Large sets $X \subseteq \mathbb{Z}_2^n$ with $X+X \ne \mathbb{Z}_2^n$

I've come across a seemingly natural question in additive combinatorics to which I can't find the answer in the literature. I would like to know if, given an $\alpha > 0$ and large $n$, there are ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

90 views

### Sets of polynomials with restricted set of products

Let $F = \{f_1, ..., f_n\}$ be a set of distinct monic polynomials (and thus also $f_i^2$ are distinct). Let $F' = \{f_i f_j: i \neq j\}$ be the set of pairwise products of all distinct elements from ...

**24**

votes

**3**answers

511 views

### Ordering subsets of the cyclic group to give distinct partial sums

Suppose that you are given a set $S$ of $k$ nonzero elements from $\mathbb{Z}_n$. Is it always possible to order the elements of $S$, say $a_1,a_2,\dots,a_k$ in such a way that the partial sums ...

**-1**

votes

**1**answer

181 views

### Collecting terms of a linear expression with nested sums and combinatorics in coefficients

I need to collect the $\Pr(\cdot)$ terms of the following expression:
$\sum_{m=3}^{n}\frac{g_{m}\left( \cdot \right) }{\left( \sqrt{\theta \left(
1-\theta \right) }\right) ^{m}}\left[ ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

288 views

### Circle method on things other than the integers

The circle method is often used to estimate the number of solutions to the equation $$x_1 + x_2 + ... x_k = N$$ if for all $i$ $x_i\in A\subseteq\mathbb{N}_0$ and some subset of the nonnegative ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

72 views

### Cover one finite subset of integers by another one

Let $A$, $B$ be two finite subsets of integers. We denote by $C(A, B)$ the minimum number of shifts of $A$ to cover $B$. More formally, it can be written as
$$
C(A, B)=\min\{|S|: S\subseteq ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

155 views

### Is every sufficiently dense well mixed set an additive basis?

Let $B \subset \mathbb{N}$ be a set of natural numbers such that $|B \cap [1,N]| \sim N^\gamma$, for some $\gamma > 0$ with the following property:
For any pair of positive integers $k,n$ we ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

100 views

### Number cubes with consecutive line sums

This is barely of research interest, but I'd classify it as a curiosity with connections to combinatorics.
The problem is to place integers in an $n \times n \times n$ array so that all $3n^2$ line ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

68 views

### Stronger condition than being a normal polytope?

A polytope $P$ with integer vertices is called normal if
for every $p = \sum_j a_j p_j $ such that $a_j \geq 0$, $\sum_j a_j = k \in \mathbb{N}$,
$p_j$ are vertices of $P$ and $p$ is an integer ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

432 views

### Balog-Szemeredi-Gowers with dilates of sets

All sets are assumed to be finite subsets of the integers.
The additive energy of two sets $E(A,B)$ is defined as the number of solutions to $a+b=a'+b'$ with $a,a'\in A$ and $b,b'\in B$. The ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

487 views

### Coin problem with permutations

Let $a,b,c$ be positive integers with gcd$(a,b,c)=1$, and let $\mathbb{N}$ denote the set of nonnegative integers.
It is well known that $\mathbb{N} \setminus (a \mathbb{N}+b \mathbb{N} + c ...

**20**

votes

**3**answers

605 views

### A sumset inequality

A friend asked me the following problem:
Is it true that for every $X\subset A\subset \mathbb{Z}$, where $A$ is finite and $X$ is non-empty, that $$\frac{|A+X|}{|X|}\geq \frac{|A+A|}{|A|}?$$
...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

256 views

### Normal polytopes - counterexample?

An integral polytope $P$ is normal if all lattice points inside the integer dilation $kP$ can be expressed as $p_1+p_2+\dots+p_k$, where $p_i \in P$ are lattice points.
I am looking for an example ...

**9**

votes

**2**answers

533 views

### Finite field Szemeredi-Trotter theorem with unequal number of points and lines

My question concerns the Szemerédi-Trotter theorem in $\mathbb{F}_q^2$. If we have $m$ points and $n$ lines in $\mathbb{F}_q^2$, then by Cauchy-Schwartz the number of point-line incidences is as most ...

**20**

votes

**4**answers

2k views

### Number of vectors so that no two subset sums are equal

Consider all $10$-tuple vectors each element of which is either $1$ or $0$. It is very easy to select a set $v_1,\dots,v_{10}= S$ of $10$ such vectors so that no two distinct subsets of vectors $S_1 ...

**8**

votes

**0**answers

138 views

### Erdös-Fuchs Theorem for multivariate linear forms

Let $A$ be an infinite set of positive integers, and denote by $r(n)$ the number of solutions to the equation $a+a'=n$, with $a,\, a' \in A$.
It is not very difficult to show that if $r(n) > 0$ ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

69 views

### $\sum_{a\in A} r(a)$, where $A\subseteq\mathbb{Z}_n$ and $r(a)$ is the number of representations of $a$ as sum of two elements from $A$

Reading Seva's answer to this question, I got lost at the line relating $\sum_{a\in A} r(a)$ to $|A\cap 2A|$. More precisely, restating the problem:
Let $A\subseteq\mathbb{Z}_n$ be an set of ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

149 views

### Distribution of subset-sums

Let $A$ be a set of $n$ integers uniformly distributed in $\{0,\dots,N-1\}$. Let $S$ be the set of subset-sums modulo $N$ of $A$. Let $f_{n,N}(k)$ be the probability that $|S|=k$.
Is there an ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

1k views

### How many combinations does Android pattern have? [closed]

Rules-
1) At-least 4 and at-max 9 dots must be connected.
2) There can be no jumps
3) Once a dot is crossed, you can jump over it.

**3**

votes

**0**answers

63 views

### Distribution of the evaluation (at a non-trivial root of -1) of polynomials with small coefficients

When we studied some cryptographic protocol, we came accross the following problem, which seems linked to the uniformity of the residues of small multiplicative subgroups of $\mathbb{F}_q$.
Problem
...

**21**

votes

**3**answers

2k views

### How many different numbers can be obtained as product of first $n$ natural numbers?

Let m and n be natural numbers, and consider the set of all possible products of m (not necessarily distinct) elements from the set $\{1,2,\ldots,n\}$, that is consider the set
$\{1^{a_1} \cdot ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

94 views

### “Pseudo-random” subsets of additive bases

We say that a subset $B \subset \mathbb{N}$ is an (asymptotic) additive basis of order $k$ if the set $kB = B + \cdots + B = \mathbb{N} \setminus C$, where $C$ is a finite set of positive integers. ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

601 views

### a conjecture in sum-free sets

Let $ A $ be a set of non-zero integers. Then $A$ contains a sum-free subset $B$ of size $ |B|> \frac{|A|}{3} $ (a result of Erdős). It is conjectured that RHS can be improved to $\frac{|A|}{3} ...

**12**

votes

**0**answers

367 views

### Correlation of Fourier transforms of characteristic functions

Let $A$ and $B$ ($A\subset B$) be subsets of a finite abelian group $G$. (For the sake of argument, you can take $G$ to be $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ for large $p$, say.) Write $1_S$ for the ...

**12**

votes

**3**answers

780 views

### Density of all n such that 2^n-1 is square free

Is it true that the set $$S:=\{n\in \mathbb N\ |\ 2^n-1 \ \mbox{ is square free}\}$$ has positive density? What can we say when we replace $2^n-1$ with $\frac{a^n-1}{a-1}$?

**18**

votes

**1**answer

534 views

### Avoiding multiples of $p$

Let $p$ be a prime number and $P=\{1,2,...,p-1\}$
In how many ways we can sum all the elements of $P$ in such a way that we will reach a multiple of $p$
only when we sum the last summand?
For ...

**9**

votes

**1**answer

527 views

### 4 squares almost in an arithmetic progression

Does there exist infinitely many coprime pairs of integers x,d such that x, x+d, x+2d, x+4d are all square numbers?
One example would be 49,169,289,529. This is the only example I have found so far ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

123 views

### Doubling for Sumset of the same set

Let $G$ ($G=\mathbb{Z}^n_2$ for my case) be a additive group and $A$ be a subset of $G$. For any set $S\subseteq G$ define its doubling as $$\sigma (S)=\dfrac{|S+S|}{|S|}$$
Suppose $A$ has small ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

233 views

### Anticoncentration of the convolution of two characteristic functions

Edit: This is a question related to my other post, stated in a much more concrete way I think.
I am interested in anything (ideas, references) related to the following problem:
Suppose that $A ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

107 views

### A (Hard?) combinatorial optimization problem involving the representation numbers

Given a (suppose prime order) group G, for any two partions $\{A_i\}_{i\in I}$ and $\{B_j\}_{j\in J}$ of the group $G$ consider the following quantity
$$ E = \sum\limits_{i \in I,j \in J} \max_{g} ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

346 views

### A problem related with 'Postage stamp problem'

A friend of mine taught me this question. I found that it is related with 'Postage stamp problem' (though it does not seem to be same).
Let $m,a_1\lt a_2\lt \cdots\lt a_n$ be natural numbers. Now let ...

**3**

votes

**3**answers

420 views

### Infinite Partitions of the Primes and Sums of Reciprocals (Revised)

I have revised my original post. The questions I asked there were not well-put or even thought through. I don't want to delete, however, since some of the comments may be of interest to other MO ...

**4**

votes

**2**answers

280 views

### The density of numbers of the form $p + 2^k$

In 1934, Romanoff proved that the following set has positive lower density:
$$\displaystyle \mathcal{R}(x)= \{n \in \mathbb{N} : n \leq x, n = p + 2^k \}$$
where $p$ is a prime and $k \geq 0$ is a ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

254 views

### Is $x + y \ne y+nx$ for $x \ne 0$ and $n \ge 2$ (in an ordered group)?

Let $(A, +, \preceq)$ be an ordered group, namely $(A, +)$ is a group and $\preceq$ is a total order on $A$ such that $x + z \prec y + z$ and $z + x \prec z + y$ for all $x,y,z \in A$ with $x \prec ...

**5**

votes

**0**answers

144 views

### Other applications of the 'increment' approach

I would like to hear about other instances of the so-called 'increments' approach, first used by Roth to prove that a subset of $\mathbb{N}$ of positive upper density contained infinitely many ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

355 views

### Minimal polynomial of sums of roots of unity with constant term $\pm1$

Let prime $p$ and given $\zeta_p = e^{2\pi i/p}$. It is well-known that the minimal polynomial of $x = \zeta_p + \zeta_p^{p-1}$ has a constant term either $\pm 1$ and, for certain $p$, the sum of ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

202 views

### When does a Bohr set have the right size?

Fix a set $
\Gamma\subset \mathbb F_p$, the field with $p$ elements and a parameter $\epsilon>0$. The Bohr set $B(\Gamma,\epsilon)$ consists of those $x$ for which $x\cdot \Gamma\subseteq[-\epsilon ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

148 views

### Finite fields: alternating sums of values of polynomials

Notation
In what follows let $p$ be a (odd, if needed) prime, $e$ a positive integer, $q = p^e$; $\mathbb{F}_q$ will denote a finite field with $q$ elements whose prime subfield will be denoted as ...

**5**

votes

**3**answers

517 views

### A question on residues mod an even integer

I posted the question here, but it seems to be more difficult than I expected. So I think it may be suited for MO. (Another reason is that the answer may hopefully give solution to the question on ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

324 views

### Green-Tao style theorem for quadratic regressions (Ulam Spiral)

This is a naive question about number theory.
Looking at an Ulam spiral which illustrates primes of the form e.g. $4x^2-2x+c$ and other quadratic equations $ax^2+bx+c$, with $c>0$, there appears a ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

302 views

### A Balog-Szemeredi-Gowers-type question

A nice Lemma due to Konyagin asserts that for any subset $B \subset \mathbb{F}_p$ holds
$$
|B.B - B.B + B.B - B.B + B.B - B.B| \geq \frac{1}{2}\min\{p, |B|^2 \},
$$
where the standard notation for the ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

356 views

### Maximal size of an almost-disjoint linearly independent family in $K^{\mathbb{N}}$

Let $K$ be a field, say infinite, and denote by $L$ the $K$-vector space $K^{\mathbb{N}}$. What is the maximal cardinality of a $K$-linearly independent subset $X$ of $L$ such that any two distinct ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

301 views

### Valid Difference Sets

Suppose
$$
P \subseteq \{1,2,\dots,N\},\quad |P| = K
$$
We calculate the differences as:
$$
d=p_i-p_j\mod N,\quad i\ne j
$$
Now let $a_d$ denote the number of occurrence of $d$ (for $d = 0, 1, 2, ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

347 views

### A reference for this possibly well-known fact concerning the Kakeya conjecture?

I believe I have read or heard somewhere that the Kakeya conjecture would follow from appropriate lower bounds for the minimal size of a subset of $\{ 1 , \cdots , N\}$ which contains a translate of ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

180 views

### Does the asymptotic formula for Partitions into parts <c exist?

A partition of $n$ is a weakly decreasing tuple of numbers $(\lambda_1,\lambda_2,\lambda_3,....\lambda_k)$ whose sum is $n.$ A natural problem studied is counting partitions whose summands ...

**1**

vote

**2**answers

88 views

### Generalization of Rado's Single Equation theorem

Yesterday I came up with a problem: Can we color each point of the plane with finitely many colors such that there doesn't exist any monochromatic regular polygonal?
But I found the problem is too ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

228 views

### Greedy sequences without k-term arithmetic progressions

If $S_k$ is the greedy sequence with no length-k arithmetic subsequence, (ie $S_3$ = A003278 , $S_4$ = A005837 , $S_5$ = A020655 ), is it guaranteed that any other sequence $a$ with no length-k ...

**5**

votes

**1**answer

466 views

### Difference Sets

Suppose
$$
P \subseteq \{1,2,\dots,N\},\quad |P| = K
$$
We calculate the differences as: $$d=p_i-p_j\mod N,\quad i\ne j$$
Now let $a_d$ denote the number of occurrence of $d$ (for $d = 1, 2, \dots , N ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

154 views

### Non-asymptotically densest progression-free sets

For the context of this question, a progression-free set is a subset of integers that does not contain length-three arithmetic progressions.
For large $N$, it is known that $[N] = \{1, \ldots, N\}$ ...