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Questions on the subject additive combinatorics, also known as arithmetic combinatorics, such as questions on: additive bases, sum sets, inverse sum set theorems, sets with small doubling, Sidon sets, Szemerédi's theorem and its ramifications, Gowers uniformity norms, etc. Often combined with the ...

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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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} ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 $[N] = \{1, \ldots, N\}$ ...
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Set of small numbers with distinct $k$-sums

Let $A$ be a set of $n$ positive integers with distinct $k$-sums. In other words, if $a_1\le\cdots\le a_k$ and $b_1\le\cdots\le b_k$ are elements of $A$ such that $a_1+\cdots+a_k=b_1+\cdots+b_k$, then ...
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Karolyi's theorem for finite groups and its extensions

Suppose that $\mathbb A = (A, +)$ is a (possibly non-commutative) group, and denote by $p(\mathbb A)$ the minimum of $|S|$ as $S$ ranges in the set of non-trivial subgroups of $\mathbb A$, with the ...
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Closest sumset to a set

Suppose $A$ is a subset of the finite field with $p$ elements. What is the best approximation of $A$ by a sumset $B+C$ in the sense that $|A\Delta (B+C)|$ is minimal? Of course if $B=A-x$ and ...
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The Erdős-Turán conjecture or the Erdős' conjecture?

This has been bothering me for a while, and I can't seem to find any definitive answer. The following conjecture is well known in additive combinatorics: Conjecture: If $A\subset \mathbb{N}$ ...
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A measure of closure under sumset?

Let $G$ be an Abelian group. Let $A \subseteq G$. In additive combinatorics, one of the primary measures of the additive structure of $A$ is its additive energy, defined as $E(A) = ...
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Average involving the Euler phi function

Does $$\frac{1}{N^2}\sum _{d=1}^N \log d \sum _{n=1}^{N/d} \frac{\phi(n)}{\log (dn)},$$ converges or not when $N$ goes to infinity?
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Distribution of colors in the number of integer partitions of n

Given an integer $n$ the number of partitions of $n$ into two colors can be represented as $$p_2(n)=\sum_{k=0}^n p(k)p(n-k)$$ where $p(k)$ counts the number of ordinary partitions of $k.$ What is the ...
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Additive Combinatorics - reference request

Let $A$ be a finite set of integers with $|A \hat{+} A| \leq K|A|$, where the $\hat{+}$ denotes restricted sumset: the set of all $a_1 + a_2$ with $a_1, a_2 \in A$ and $a_1 \neq a_2$. Claim: $|A + ...
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Estimates for the size of the product set [n].[n] [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Number of elements in the set {1,…,n}*{1,..,n} Writing $[n]$ for the set $\lbrace1,2,...,n\rbrace$, let $P_n$ denote the product set $[n].[n]$, i.e. $$ P_n = ...
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Solution in distinct elements for a system of $n$ equations over finite fields

The following problem is motivated by pure curiosity; it is not a part of any research project and I do not have any applications. Problem: Let $\{y_1 , y_2 , \dots, y_n \}$ be arbitrary (distinct) ...
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On the $L^1$-norm of certain exponential sums.

I am stuck with an elementary-looking problem, which does not belong to my usual field of research so I eventually decided to ask it on MO. Let $S$ be a finite set of integers. For $P$ a subset of ...
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existence of arithmetic progression of nonzero density

This is a stronger version to Szemerédi's theorem. Let $C : \mathbb{N}\rightarrow 2^{\mathbb{N}}$ be a choice function such that $C(n)$ is a subset of $\{1,...,n\}$ with size at least $\frac{n}{M}$ ...
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Minimum number of solutions in a system of equalities and non-equalities

Let $k<N$ and $P_1, ..., P_{2k+1}, \lambda_1, ..., \lambda_k$ be elements of a finite group $G$ of size $N$. Find the minimum number of solution of the system $$P_{2i} + P_{2i+1} = \lambda_i, ...
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About a sumset in $\mathbb{Z}_{2k}$

Suppose $U\subset\mathbb{Z}_{2k}$ with $|U|=k$. Let $U^c$ denote the complement of $U$. Let $v\in \mathbb{Z}_{2k}^{\times}$. How much is it known about $U+vU^c$? For example: When $U+v\complement U ...
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Bounds on difference sets of relatively dense A \subseteq {1, …, n}

Let $A \subseteq \{1, \dots, n\}$ and let $A-A = \{a-b | a,b \in A\}$. Is it possible to obtain a general bound of the form $|A - A| = O(n^\beta)$ for some $\beta < 1$? If not, can something like ...
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Selecting $k$ integers from an interval $[0, N]$ to maximize the minimum difference between pairwise sums

I have an optimization problem where I need to select $k$ integers over the interval $[0, N]$ s.t. I maximize the minimum difference between any pairwise sum of the $k$ integers (where we also include ...
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probability of zero subset sum

Almost 17 years ago, I asked the following question on USENET, motivated by a method in numerology (I kid you not). Pick integers $n \ge 2$, $k \ge 1$. Toss $n$ $k$-sided dice. The sides of each die ...
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Generalizations of Cauchy-Davenport Theorem

The Cauchy-Davenport Theorem says that if $A_1, \ldots, A_k$ are subsets of ${\mathbb Z}_p$, $p$ prime, then $| \sum_i A_i | \geq \min (p, \sum_i |A_i| -k +1)$. I am looking for a generalization that ...
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sum of a binomial-weighted entity

Does anybody know a closed-form solution for the following expression (N>=1)? I don't even know where to begin with the i+n denominator. Sum of i=0 to n Combin(n,i) * (2i/(i+n)) / (2^n)
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Largest set of integers without 3-term arithmetic progressions mod $n$

I am interested in a sharp bound on the largest possible size $e_3({\boldsymbol{Z}_n})$ of a subset $S \subset \boldsymbol{Z}_n$ such that for any three distinct elements $a, b, c \in S$ we have $a+b ...
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Recovering Sidon sets from difference sets, part 2.

This is inspired by a recent question. A set $A \subset \mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ with $|A|=m$ is a Sidon set if all the pairwise sums of distinct elements are unequal: $A+A=\{a+a' \mid a,a' \in A, a ...
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Recovering Sidon sets from difference sets

How can I recover a Sidon set $A\subseteq \mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ from the set $A-A\subseteq \mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$? Is it even unique? (up to translation and reflection) ($A-A$ stands for the set ...
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Additive energy of random sets

Given two random sets $A,B$ in a finite field (say $x\in A$ independently and with probability $1/2$), what is known about the additive energy $E(A,B)=|\{(a,a',b,b')\in A\times A\times B\times B: ...
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upper bound on the size of sumset of lattice points

Let $\Lambda$ be a lattice (discrete additive subgroup) in $\mathbb R^n$ ($n\geq 2$). In my problem, $\Lambda$ lies in a $k$ dimensional ($1< k\leq n$) subspace of $\mathbb R^n$. Let $A\subset ...
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Is there a function that determines the rank of a multiset after inserting another element?

For instance, lets say we have a set $S = (0,1)$ containing $n = 2$ distinct elements. The multiset $M = (1,1)$ has rank $5$ because there are $4$ multisets less than it based on lexicographic ...
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Additive set with small sum set and large difference set

I have a question! Can someone explain how (the intuition, method?) one can try to construct an additive set of cardinality $N$ with a small sum set (around $N$) and a very large difference set ...
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Number of elements in the set $\{1,\cdots,n\}\times\{1,\cdots,n\}$

Let $A_n=\{a\cdot b : a,b \in \mathbb{N}, a,b\leq n\}$. Are there any estimates for $|A_n|$? Will it be $o(n^2)$?