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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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 $o(n^2)$?
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Graham-Rothschild via Hales-Jewett

I am currently reading the recent preprint of Dodos, Kanellopoulos, Tyros, where the ambitiously short proof of Density Hales Jewett theorem is provided. The important ingredient is Graham-Rothschild ...
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Cliques in the Paley graph and a problem of Sarkozy

The following question is motivated by pure curiosity; it is not a part of any research project and I do not have any applications. The question comes as an interpolation between two notoriously ...
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Calculating the Shapley value in a weighted voting game.

Given a special case of WVG (Weighted Voting Game) of $a$ 1s and $b$ 2s and a quota q, $ [q:1,1,1,1..1,2,2,..2] $. I need help with calculating the Shapley value of a player with a weight of $2$ and a ...
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L^2-Flattening Lemma

I am reading a significant paper of Bourgain and Gamburd on "Uniform expansion bounds for Cayley graphs of $\mathrm{SL}_2(\Bbb{F}_p)$". They have proven a proposition which in their new papers they ...
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There exists B subset A, |B| = log n, A \cap 2*B = \emptyset

This is exercise 1.8.1 of Additive Combinatorics. Problem Given $A \in Z^+$ a set of $n$ different integers. Prove that there exists $B\subset A$, $|B| = \Omega ( \log n )$, s.t. $A \cap 2*B = ...
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Convex subsets of sumsets

There's a famous old problem in additive number theory which asks whether, for any $\epsilon > 0$, if $B$ is a 2-basis for the set $A =$ {$1^2,2^2,...,n^2$}, i.e.: a set for which $B+B \supseteq ...
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Lower bound on P(Y > 3/2 E(Y)) where Y = # of triangles in graph

Context This is exercise 1.7.1 of Tao/Vu's Additive Combinatorics, generally considered a graduate level math textbook. My question is not "How do I solve this exercise?" My question is "What is ...
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Other interesting examples of pseudo-random measures

Here we use the notion of pseudo-randomness (or variant of) used in the proof of the Green-Tao theorem. In particular, we say a measure $\nu : \mathbb{Z}_N \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^+$ is pseudo-random ...
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Elementary Proof of Basis of Order k

Context According to the FAQ, questions of the form "the sorts of questions you come across when you're writing or reading articles or graduate level books" are acceptable. This falls into the ...
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Technique: Compactness => (Finite -> Reals)

Context I'm studying a classical results of Erdos and Lovasz, on colorings of the real line. The theorem to be proved is as follows: Let $m, k$ be two positive integers satisfying: ...
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What are the limits of the Erdős-Rankin method for covering intervals by arithmetic progressions?

To construct gaps between primes which are marginally larger than average, Erdős and Rankin covered an interval $[1,y]$ with arithmetic progressions with prime differences. A nice short exposition is ...
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Kakeya problem and arithmetic progressions

Here's something I also posted on Stackexchange recently. It's very related to the Kakeya problem, yet I fail to see why this is true. It goes like this: Let $r > 2$ be an integer parameter. Let ...
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A simple looking problem in partitions that became increasingly complex

I began with problem which looked simple in the beginning but became increasingly complex as I dug deeper. Main questions: Find the number of solutions $s(n)$ of the equation $$ n = \frac{k_1}{1} + ...
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Are sets with similar asymptotic behavior as the primes necessarily finite additive bases?

The set of primes $\mathbb{P}$ has many interesting properties in additive number theory and some of the most famous open problems about $\mathbb{P}$ are the well-known Goldbach's strong and weak ...
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Ruzsa-type inequalities for additive energy

As the subject says, I have some questions about some Ruzsa-type inequalities for additive-energy. It would be wonderful if anyone could shed some light. First, the definition: let $E(A,B)$ be the ...
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long enough interval of integers to solve a simultaneous congruence

Let $a$, $b$ be two coprime natural numbers. Let $A \subseteq \{0,1,\ldots, a-1\}$ and $B \subseteq \{0,1,\ldots,b-1\}$ be two nonempty sets, which we think of as sets of residues mod $a$ and $b$ ...
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Bounds on pseudosquares

Suppose $n\in\mathbb{Z}^+$ is a nonsquare in $\mathbb{Z}$ but is a square mod $2^2,3^2,4^2,5^2,\ldots,k^2.$ How small can $n$ be? On the ERH, there are no small pseudosquares: ...
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Is it known that $(F_p^{\times} \ltimes F_p, F_p)$ is not a relative expander family?

Shalom [edit: originally M. Burger] showed that the pair $(\mathrm{SL}_2(\mathbb{Z}) \ltimes \mathbb{Z}^2, \mathbb{Z}^2)$ has Relative Property (T) with respect to standard generating sets. (The ...
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Examples of using additive structure to analyze size of a set mod some ideal?

There are examples of proofs that analyze the structure of some set $S$ of integers by looking at the size of the set mod some positive integer $n$ (for example, the $3k-3$ theorem.) Are there ...
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Zero-sum partition of an abelian group

This is a question I have been asking myself some 5 years ago. I later got bored by lack of progress, but maybe some additive combinatorialists here know further. I'm not claiming it is conceptual or ...
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Conditions for an analogue of Cauchy-Davenport for simple groups

What conditions would be sufficient for a generalization of Cauchy-Davenport for simple groups? I can see two possible difficulties with a generalization for general groups: The sets could both be ...
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How local the property of “being a partition” is?

Note: The problem is solved! See EDIT below. The following question about integer partitions arose from a purely "practical" question: Does there exist better dynamic programming algorithms for the ...
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Intersecting Hamming spheres: is $|A\stackrel k+E|\ge|A|$?

Since my original posting some ten days ago, I discovered an amazing example which changed significantly my perception of the problem. Accordingly, the whole post got re-written now. The most ...
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Density Ramsey theorems with explicit asymptotics

I wonder what interesting and non-trivial examples of density Ramsey theorems with explicit asymptotics are there? I'm aware of two examples: Szemerédi's theorem and density Hales-Jewett theorem. ...
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Small maximal sets with no 3-AP?

Everyone knows about the problem of finding the largest set in 1,2,...,N which contains no arithmetic progression of length 3.....what happens if we look at the set which is the smallest maximal ...
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The hypercube: $|A {\stackrel2+} E| \ge |A|$?

I have a good motivation to ask the question below, but since the post is already a little long, and the problem looks rather natural and appealing (well, to me, at least), I'd rather go straight to ...
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A weighted sum of non-negative integers

Suppse $n > m$ are positive integers. Then it is an elementary exercise to show that the number of $m$-tuples of non-negative integers $(x_1, \cdots, x_m)$ such that $x_1 + \cdots + x_m = n$ (order ...
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Arithmetic Progressions of Squares

Fermat may or may not have known that there are 3-term arithmetic progressions of squares (like $1^2, 5^2, 7^2$, and that there are no 4-term APs. Murky history aside, Keith Conrad has two pleasant ...
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Binomial coefficient in Andrews' partition book

First of all, i think MathOverflow is a very great community to discuss math, either basic or advanced, and i'm glad to participate here. It's my first post, so i'm sorry if i did anything wrong, and ...
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Relationship between Erdos and Falconer distance problems

Given a set $E \subset \mathbb{R}^d$, define the distance set of $E$ $$ \Delta(E) = \lbrace|x-y| : x,y \in E \rbrace, $$ where $|\cdot |$ is the usual Euclidean distance. $\bullet$ The ...
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Can nonabelian groups be detected “locally”?

Suppose $m,n\geq 2$ are two integers. Is it true that for every sufficiently large nonabelian group $G$, one can find a set $A\subset G$, with $|A|=n$, so that $|A^m| >\binom{n+m-1}{m}$? (Edit) ...
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Minimum cardinality of a difference set in $R^n$

Cross-posted from http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/65195/minimum-cardinality-of-a-difference-set-in-mathbb-rn. Given a finite set $S$ of $m$ points in $\mathbb R^n$ that do not all lie in the ...
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An “Average” Erdős–Turán conjecture

Right, so the Erdős–Turán conjecture for additive bases (of order 2) says, with the usual notations, that $\sup r_B (n) = \infty$. Let’s look instead at the average number of representations, i.e.: ...
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Optimize / simple Set Covering Problem

Let $k,m\in\mathbb{N}$ be given. Let $M:=\{0,... , m-1\}$. How to find a subset $T\subset M$, $|T|=k$ such that $|T+T|$ is maximal, where $T+T=\{ (a+b)\mathbin\%m \mid a\in T,b\in T \}$ (“%” means ...
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Arithmetic progressions of length 3 in subset of Z_n of size n^d

Let $A\subset\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ such that: $|A|>n^{d}$ ($0< d <1$). Let $C=\{(x,y,2y-x)\in A\times A \times A\}$ be the set of $3$-term arithmetic progressions within $A$. [The ...
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Prime divisors of the difference set

Fix $c\in(0,1)$, and let $N$ be a (large) positive integer. Given a set $A=\{0=a_1<\dots<a_n=N\}$ of density $\alpha:=n/N>c$ with $\gcd(A)=1$, I want to find a prime dividing as few ...
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Size of Sum Sets

Let $\{a_{k}\}$ be an increasing sequence of positive real numbers. Let us define $A_{n}:=\{a_1,\ldots,a_{n}\}$ and consider the set $$ S_{n}^{(2)}=\Big \{(x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4)\in ...
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Fourier analysis, orthogonality, and Plancherel for finite abelian groups

I am reading an outstanding paper by Bateman and Katz, improving the best known bounds on the cap set problem (Roth's theorem over $\mathbb{F}_3^N$). The paper contains some technical lemmas for ...