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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When are the powers of 2 sum-free mod n?

I've encountered the following question in my research: Let $A$ be a subset of $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$. Let me call $A$ "sum-free" if there is no solution to $x+y=z$ for $x,y,z \in A$ with distinct ...
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higher dimensional analogue of EGZ theorem

The EGZ theorem states that any multiset of $2n-1$ integers has a subset of size $n$ the sum of whose elements is a multiple of $n$. Kemnitz-Reiher theorem is a 2-dimensional analogue of EGZ. Here is ...
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Ref. request: Additive probability measure on $\mathcal P({\bf N})$ supplies subset of $\mathbf R$ without Baire property

ZFC proves, among the other things, the existence of a (finitely) additive probability measure $\theta: \mathcal P(\mathbf N) \to \mathbf R$ on the power set of $\mathbf N$ such that $\theta(X) = 0$ ...
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Unicity of additive, $(-1)$-homogeneous, and shift invariant probability measures on $\mathbf N^+$

Let $\mathcal D$ be the set of all (finitely) additive probability measures $\mu^\ast: \mathcal P(\mathbf N^+) \to [0,\infty[$ such that $\mu^\ast(k \cdot X + h) = \frac{1}{k} \mu^\ast(X)$ for all $X ...
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Does there exist $k\ge2$ s.t. $X \subseteq \mathbf N^+$ has positive upper Banach density if the counting function of $X$ is $\gg n/\log^{[k]}(n)$?

Does there exist an integer $k \ge 1$ such that ${\sf bd}^\ast(X) > 0$ whenever $X \subseteq \mathbf N^+$ and $\pi_X(n) \gg \frac{n}{\log^{[k]}(n)}$ as $n \to \infty$? Here, ${\sf bd}^\ast$ is the ...
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Who needs a symmetric upper asymptotic density on the integers?

The upper asymptotic density on $\mathbf Z$, viz. the function $$ {\sf d}^\ast: \mathcal P(\mathbf Z) \to [0,1]: X \mapsto \limsup_{n \to \infty} \frac{|X \cap [1,n]|}{n}, $$ has a ''symmetric ...
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Representation numbers of numerical semigroups

I've been playing around with numerical semigroups lately. I'm pretty new to this stuff, so I apologize in advance if my notation is non-standard. Fix positive integers $x_1,\dots,x_r$ with ...
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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 ...
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Iterated sumset inequalities in cancellative semigroups

This question is motivated by the following well-known theorems: Thm (Plünnecke): If $A$ is a finite nonempty subset of an abelian group, then for every $n$ we have $|A^n| \le ...
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Approximate homomorphisms

Let $f:Z_2^n \to Z_p$ be a one-to-one map, where say $2^n<p<2^{n+1}$. What is the maximal probability that $\Pr[f(x+y)=f(x)+f(y)]$ where $x,y \in Z_2^n$ are uniform and independent? The identity ...
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Sparsifiers for 3-term arithmetic progressions

Let $G$ be a finite abelian group of odd order, let $D\subseteq G$, and $\epsilon \in (0,1)$. For $S\subseteq G$ define $$ \Lambda(S) = \frac{1}{|S||G|} \sum_{s\in S}\sum_{g\in G} ...
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Sumsets and dilates: does $|A+\lambda A|<|A+A|$ ever hold?

The following problem is somehow hidden in this recently asked question, but I believe that it deserves to be asked explicitly. Is it true that for any finite set $A$ of real numbers, and any real ...
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Ask the name of a combinatorial theorem

It is a classical theorem. For given integer $n \ge 1$, among ${n\choose{n/2}} = 2^{(1-o(1)n)}$ strings in the cube $\{0, 1\}^n$ with weights $n/2$, i.e., $n/2$ indices are 1, there are at least ...
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Two conjectures about zero inner products and dissociated sets

The following problems come from something I worked on (with my coauthors) related to proving a new time lower bound for streaming problems. Having worked on these problems for some time with little ...
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Reference for a lemma on the asymptotic upper density of special sets with large gaps and intervals

Update. Based on Anthony Quas' comment below, the proof can be made sensibly shorter and the lemma can be slightly generalized by weakening the old assumption (iii). In a joint paper that I am ...
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Ordered lattice point enumeration

I initially asked this question over at StackOverflow as it has algorithmic flavor to it, but I haven't been getting much traction so I thought I would probe the mathematics community. Setup: Let ...
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Minimal “sumset basis” in the discrete linear space $\mathbb F_2^n$

For a set $C\subseteq \mathbb F_2^n$, let $2C=C+C:=\{\alpha+\beta\colon \alpha,\beta\in C\}$. I want to find $C$ of the smallest possible size such that $2C=\mathbb F_2^n$. Let $m(n)$ be the size of a ...
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What methods do we have to understand the spectrum of matrices with restricted entries?

Consider questions of the form (or the "most probable value of" version of these questions rather than the "largest possible"), What is the largest possible spectral radius of a $n \times n$ matrix ...
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What is the maximal number of solutions of $\sum_{i = 1}^n 1/a_i^x - \sum_{i = 1}^m 1/b_i^x = 0$?

What is the maximal number of solutions of the following equation? $\sum_{i = 1}^n 1/a_i^x - \sum_{i = 1}^m 1/b_i^x = 0$ where $x$ is the unknown and $n, m$, $a_i$'s, $b_i$'s are constant. It ...
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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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Generalized arithmetic progressions contained in Bohr sets

Recall that generalized arithmetic progression of dimension $d$ is by definition a set of the form $P = P_1+\dots+P_d$, where $P_j = \{lp_j\ \mid \ |l|\leq l_j\}\subset \mathbb Z$ is an ordinary ...
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Is the set $ AA+A $ always at least as large as $ A+A $?

Let $A$ be a finite set of real numbers. Is it always the case that $|AA+A| \geq |A+A|$? My first instinct is that this is obviously true, and there is a one-line proof which I am foolishly ...
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On covering by smooth numbers

Denote $P(n)=\mathsf{greatest}\mbox{ }\mathsf{prime}\mbox{ }\mathsf{factor}\mbox{ }\mathsf{of}\mbox{ }n$. Denote $S(x,y)=\{n<x: P(n)<y\}$. Denote $S_t(x,y)=\sum_{i=1}^tS(x,y)$ as $t$-fold ...
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Sum and product estimate over integers, rationals, and reals

My question is the following: is finding a lower bound for $|A+A\cdot A|$ (as a function of $|A|$) where $A$ is any finite subset of the positive integers equivalent to finding the same lower bound ...
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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 ...
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Element with unique representation in A+B

Let $A, B \subseteq \mathbb{Z}$ be finite subsets of the integers. Then there exists an element in $A+B$ with a unique representation as a sum of an element in $A$ and an element in $B$, namely ...
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Asymptotic formula for the number of ways to write a number as the sum of $k$ triangular numbers

How would one derive an asymptotic formula for the number of representations of a number $n$ as the sum of $k$ numbers of the form $\frac{m(m + 1)}{2}$ I think that one could use the circle method, ...
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Applications of Szemeredi's Theorem

Szemeredi's Theorem is a famous theorem in Additive Combinatorics, Ergodic Theory and maybe some other parts of Mathemtaitcs: (Szemeredi's Theorem) Let $\Lambda \in \mathbb{Z}$ be a subset of ...
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How is the structure of spectrum in cap-sets with no strong increments unrealistic if density is too large?

I am reading this excellent paper by Bateman and Katz on improved bounds on the cap set problem. Let A be a set in $\mathbb{F}_3^n$ containing no 3-term arithmetic progression and let $A(x)$ denote ...
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Pollard's inequality modulo a composite number

Here is question similar to another one asked today (Proof of Pollard's inequality). When working in $\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z}$ for composite $n$ Cauchy-Davenport and Pollard's inequalities may not ...
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Proof of Pollard's inequality

Let $A, B \subseteq \mathbb{Z}_p$, $p$ prime, $|B| \leq |A|$. If $N_t$ denotes the number of elements of $\mathbb{Z}_p$ having at least $t$ representations as $a+b$, $a \in A, b \in B$, Pollard's ...
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On a problem about $GF(2)^n$

For $A\subseteq {\mathbb F}_2^n$ let $$ Q(A)=\{\alpha+\beta\mid \alpha,\beta \in A,\ \alpha\neq\beta \}. $$ I want to prove or disprove that if $|A|=2^k+1$ for some integer $k$, then $$ ...
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Sets of natural numbers with finite intersections and divergent sums of reciprocals

Does there exist an uncountable collection $\Lambda$ of infinite subsets of the set of natural numbers such that (i) any two distinct subsets in the collection have a finite intersection and (ii) the ...
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Applications of Freiman's theorem?

What are some interesting applications of Freiman's theorem or, better-yet, its recent generalizations (eg Green-Ruzsa) that could be included in a graduate course in additive combinatorics? I'm ...
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Most dense subset of numbers that avoids arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions

The famous Green-Tao theorem says that there exist arbitrarily long sequences of primes in arithmetic progression. I am wondering: How dense can a subset $S \subset \mathbb{N}$ be and still avoid ...
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Solving a doubly exponential generating function

I am analyzing the average time complexity of some algorithm on some probabilistic model, and I've come to a doubly exponential sequence for which I cannot find corresponding generating function. I ...
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Number of subsum of a given set of integers

I am asking myself for few days the following but I can't find any references, although I am pretty sure this was already studied, because it seems quite natural: Given n integers $(e_i)$ chosen ...
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Packing bounds for sumsets, or, very discrete balls

Let $D\subset \mathbb{F}_2^n$ with $D=-D$ and $0\in D$. Write $k D$ for the set of all sums of $k$ (not necessarily distinct) elements of $D$. (This is the "ball" in the title.) Now let $d(g,h)$ be ...
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Polynomial expressions of roots of unity with integer norm

Say a nonconstant polynomial $p(z)$ is $k$-magical if it satisfies the following properties: $p$ is of the form $$p(z) = a_{k-1} z^{k-1} + a_{k-2} z^{k-2} + \cdots + a_1 z + 1$$ where each $a_i \in ...
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How large must $A$ be if $\{1, \ldots, N\} \subseteq A-A$?

Given a positive integer $N$, what is the size of the smallest set of integers $A$ such that, for any integer $1 \leq k \leq N$, we can find two integers $x, y \in A$ such that $x - y = k$? (An ...
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asymptotic for restricted partitions

Let $m$ and $n$ be two positive integers and denote by $P(n,m)$ the number of partitions of $n$ into $m$ non-negative integers. Is there an asymptotic formula for $P(n,m)$ ?? Any reference is ...
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Functions representable as a sum of two permutations of Z/nZ

Let $\ f:Z/n\rightarrow Z/n\ $ be a function such that $\ \sum_{i\in Z/n}\,f(i)=0.\ $ Is it true that $\ f\ $ can be represented as a sum of two permutations of Z/nZ?
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How to generate $n$ FP32 rationals s.t. no two distinct k-el. subsets have same sum?

First some Background: I have lots and lots of integer matrices, whose rows are $k$-combinations (without repetitions and sorted) of numbers from the set $S:=\{1,...,n\}$ and needed to be compared ...
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Reduction argument from a general vertex set V(G) to a prime power in Prof. Keevash's proof on the Existence of Designs

The proof flow of the paper "On the Existence of Designs" by Prof. Keevash as I understand it is the following: -- Reduction from the general case to $V = \mathbb{F}_{p^a}$ (Lemma 6.3) -- Covering ...
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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[ ...
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every arithmetic progression contains a sequence of $k$ “consecutive” primes for possibly all natural numbers $k$?

I ask the same question here:http://math.stackexchange.com/q/1019404/192097 writing a little better the previous question: it´s true that if we let $a$ and $b$ be coprime integers, then the ...
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Sets of coprime numbers

Consider the set $\{0, 3, 7, 15\}$ of four integers. If you add each of these numbers to a fixed power of 2, then the resulting four numbers are pairwise coprime. For example, $\{4, 7, 11, 19\}$ are ...
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The sum of all the elements of every non empty subset of $A$ is not a multiple of $n$

Let $N=\{1,2,\ldots ,n\},n>1$. We wish to construct a set $A\subseteq N$ with the property: The sum of all the elements of every non empty subset of $A$ is not a multiple of $n$. ...
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Integral representation of the function

I try find integral representation to following function ($d_1<d_2$ and $d_2-d_1=1(\mod 2)$ $f(d_1,d_2)=\frac{(-1)^{\frac{d_2-d_1-1}{2}}}{2^{d_1-1} d_1!}\sum_{k=[\frac{d_1}{2}]+1}^{ d_1} { d_1 ...
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Finding a sufficiently large complete bipartite subgraph using matrix counting

I'm trying to reconstruct the proof using matrix counting that there exists two subsets $A,B$ of $\{1,\cdots,N\}$ with $\#A=\#B$ such that for any $a\in A$ and $b\in B$, $a+b$ is prime, and $\#A=\#B$ ...