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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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 ...
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Expectation of Gowers norm

This was a problem that came up during a course on Analytic Combinatorics that I had taken this semester. Here's the problem: Let $\mathbf{F}$ be the set of boolean functions, $f: \mathbb{F}_2^n ...
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Roth's theorem and Behrend's lower bound

Roth's theorem on 3-term arithmetic progressions (3AP) is concerned with the value of $r_3(N)$, which is defined as the cardinality of the largest subset of the integers between 1 and N with no ...
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Structure of nonaveraging sets of integers

A set of integers is said to be nonaveraging if it contains no three-term arithmetic progression. I call a nonaveraging subset of $\lbrace 1,2, \ldots ,n \rbrace$ optimal when it has maximal ...
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Arithmetic progressions inside polynomial sets

There are at most 3 perfect squares in arithmetic progression (Fermat, Euler). It was shown in [1] that if $n>2$ there are no three term arithmetic progression consisting of nth powers. Take a ...
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Fun question in additive combinatorics

It is easy to see that for a finite set of integers $A$ of cardinality $n$, the cardinality of the sumset $A+A$ satisfies $$ 2n-1\leq |A+A|\leq \frac{n(n+1)}{2}. $$ The lower bound is essentially ...
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Bounds on the size of sets not containing a given finite pattern

Recall the following version of Szemerédi's Theorem: let $r_k(N)$ be the largest cardinality of a subset of $[N]:=\{1,\ldots, N\}$ which does not contain an arithmetic progression of length $k$. Then, ...
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Thin subbases for the primes?

Hi all, My question concerns a general problem concern the Erdos-Turan conjecture on additive bases; that of finding thin subbases in a given basis. For a given $A \subset \mathbb{N}$, define ...
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Methods to determine whether a given set is the sum of other sets

In Tao and Vu's Additive Combinatorics, it is mentioned that "if we replace the additive set $A$ by a larger set, such as $A+B$, $A+A+A$, or $2A - 2A$, then one can locate significantly larger ...
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Choice of normalization of the finite Fourier transform

Let $f : \mathbb{Z}/N\mathbb{Z} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ be a function. Is its Fourier transform typically defined by $$\widehat{f}(\xi) = \sum_{x \in \mathbb{Z}/N \mathbb{Z}} f(x) e^{- 2 \pi i x \xi ...
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In what cases are the counting function and representation functions strongly related?

Let $A \subset \mathbb{N}$ be a subset of the natural numbers and $h > 0$ be a natural number. Let $a(n) = |A \cap [1,n]|$ be the counting function of $A$, and let $r_{A,h}(n)$ be the number of ...
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Known additive bases with irregular counting function

For $A \subset \mathbb{N}$ and positive integer $h > 0$, define $r_{A,h}(n)$ to be the number of ways to write $n$ as the sum of $h$ (not necessarily distinct) elements of $A$. We say $A$ is an ...
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How large can a non-sumset be?

The theory of sumsets $A+B$ where $A$ and $B$ are finite subsets of an additive group $Z$ is extensively studied in additive combinatorics: finding long arithmetic progressions inside them, finding ...
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When does $P(a−b)=0$ for $a≠b$ ensure $P(0)=0$? (Continued.)

As a natural (and expectable) extension of my earlier question: How large must be a set $A\subset F_2^n$ to ensure that if $P$ is a cubic polynomial in $n$ variables over the field $F_2$, ...
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Arithmetic progressions modulo $p$ under the squaring map

I feel that the following problem should be known, but I'm not sure where to look for it. Fix a real constant $\frac{1}{2} \ge \epsilon > 0$. For varying primes $p$, Let $A_p$ denote the set of ...
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When does $P(a-b)=0$ for $a\ne b$ ensure $P(0)=0$?

Let $n$ be a positive integer. How large must be a set $A\subset F_2^n$ to ensure that if $P$ is a quadratic polynomial in $n$ variables, vanishing at all non-zero points of the sumset ...
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Any rigorous way to claim that sums with repeat summands are few?

Let $B \subset \mathbb{Z}^+$. Define $r_{B,h}(n)$ to be the number of ways of writing $n$ as the sum of $h$ elements of $B$ and $R_{B,h}(n)$ the number of ways to write $n$ as the sum of $h$ DISTINCT ...
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Recent results on the Gauss circle problem?

Possible Duplicate: What is the status of the Gauss Circle Problem? The Gauss circle problem is the following: Let $N(r)$ denote the number of solutions in integer pairs $(i,j)$ to the ...
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A question about Erdos thin bases

Let $B \subset \mathbb{N}$ be an additive basis of order $h$. Define $r_{B,h}(n)$ to be the number of ways $n$ can be written as a sum of $h$ elements of $B$. In particular, $B$ is a basis of order ...
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Sums of subsets of $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$

I have encountered a problem that I suspect has been thoroughly studied but I have not been able to find references. Can anyone point me to a published reference dealing with this or a closely related ...
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Arbitrarily thin additive bases of the natural numbers

A subset $A$ of $\mathbb{N}$ is called a basis of order $k$ if the set $kA$ = {$a_1 + \cdots + a_k | a_1, \cdots, a_k \in A$} $= \mathbb{N} \setminus C$, where $C$ is a finite set of positive ...
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A question on the singular series and singular integral in Hardy-Littlewood Circle Method

Given a set $A$ of positive integers, set $r_{A,h}(N)$ to be the number of $h$-tuples $(a_1, \cdots, a_h)$ such that $N = a_1 + \cdots + a_h$. Set $f(z) = \sum_{a \in A} z^a$. Then by Cauchy's Theorem ...
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The sum of integers being a bijection

What are the pairs $(P,Q)$ of subsets of $\mathbb N$ for which the map \begin{eqnarray*} P\times Q & \rightarrow & {\mathbb N} \\\\ (p,q) & \mapsto & p+q \end{eqnarray*} is a bijection ...
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Inverse Length 3 Arithmetic Progression Problem for sets with positive upper density

It is a famous theorem of Roth, which Szemerédi famously generalized, that if a set of natural numbers has positive upper density then it contains arithmetic progressions of length $k$. The famous ...
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Did Erdős publish his proof of the multiplicative version of the Erdős-Turán conjecture?

I read in an article of Erdős ("Extremal problems in number theory") that he had a proof of the multiplicative version of the Erdős-Turán conjecture. The statement of this theorem is Let $a_1 < ...
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Is the generalized Erdős–Heilbronn problem true for finite cyclic groups?

The generalized Erdős–Heilbronn (GEH) theorem, which is proved by da Silva and Hamidoune in 1994, states that: Theorem. If p is a prime and $X$ is a subset of $\mathbb{Z}_p$, then $|\hat{k}X| \geq ...
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Almost periodic functions in Tao's ergodic proof of Szemerédi's theorem

Do we say that a function $f$ is uniformly almost periodic in the aforementioned proof if $f$ is bounded (in the sense that $||f||_{L^\infty}\leq 1$) and that there exists a natural number $d>0$ ...
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Cliques, Paley graphs and quadratic residues

A question I've thought about, on and off for a long time, is how to improve the best bounds that (seem to be) known for the clique numbers of Paley graphs. If p=1 mod 4 is a prime, we can define the ...
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What is the shortest route to Roth's theorem?

Roth first proved that any subset of the integers with positive density contains a three term arithmetic progression in 1953. Since then, many other proofs have emerged (I can think of eight off the ...
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Upper bound for size of subsets of a finite group that contains a sum-full set

Problem I'm looking for an upper bound for the number $k(G)$ of a finite group $G$, defined as follow: Let $\mathcal{F}_k$ be the family of subsets of $G$ with size $k$, and we define $k(G)$ be ...
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describe subsets of the integers closed under the binary operation Ax+By

Could one describe the subsets of the integers closed under the binary operation Ax+By where A and B are arbitrary fixed integers ? That is, describe the subsets S of the integers such that if ...
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Queries about the Skolem-Mahler-Lech theorem (integer zeros of exponential polynomials)

The Skolem-Mahler-Lech Theorem says that the integer zeros of an exponential polynomial are the union of complete arithmetic progressions and a finite number of exceptional zeros. ...
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Homogeneous arithmetic progressions in difference sets

I have a nasty feeling that I ought to be able to answer this question, but I've got other things to think about right now and I'm interested in the answer just so that I can reply to a mathematical ...
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Cauchy-Davenport strengthening?

Is the following statement, refining classical Cauchy-Davenport Theorem (that states that for sets $A$, $B$ of residues modulo prime $p$, $|A+B|\geq |A|+|B|-1$ provided that RHS does not exceed $p$) ...
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Additive combinatorics and large Fourier coefficients

Elon Lindenstrauss explains in his talk at the MSRI in Fall 2008 (the relevant comment is at minute 41 of the video) that the set of large Fourier coefficients of a probability measure $\mu$ on the ...
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Sum of sets modulo a square

I would be glad to see a reference to the following easy lemma in additive combinatorics: if $A_1$ and $A_2$ are two sets of remainders modulo $n^2$, each has cardinality $n > 1$ and all elements ...
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Monochromatic triangles in every two-coloring of the plane?

An old problem (possibly due to Erdős and Graham?): given a triangle $T$ and a two-coloring of the plane, does there necessary exist a monochromatic congruent copy of $T$? Here "monochromatic" means ...