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### limit and combinatorics

Given $x \in (0,\frac{1}{2})$ and $y \in (0,\frac{1}{2}]$, what is the value of the following limit:
$\lim_{n\rightarrow \infty}\sum_{k=0}^{n}{n \choose k}|x^{n-k}(1-x)^{k}-y^{n-k}(1-y)^{k}|?$
When ...

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### Elementary Expected Value Question [on hold]

Let $N$ be a positive integer. A soon to be bankrupt
casino lets you play the game $G(N)$. In the game $G(N)$, you roll a
typical, fair, six-sided die, with faces labeled 1 through 6, up to $N$
times ...

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### Additivity of upper densities with respect to arithmetic progressions of integers

Let $\mathsf{d}^\star$ be the asymptotic upper density, defined on the power set of positive integers $\mathbf{N}^+$, so that
$$
\mathsf{d}^\star\colon \mathcal{P}(\mathbf{N}^+) \to\mathbf{R}\colon ...

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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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### Additive combinatorics and a Diophantine equation

Let $(n_k)_{1 \leq k \leq N}$ be a sequence of distinct positive integers. For $v \in \mathbb{Z}$ set
$$
A_N(v) = \# \Big\{ (k,\ell) \in \{1, \dots, N\}^2, ~k \neq \ell:\quad n_k - n_\ell = v \Big\}.
...

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### 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 ...

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### Erdös-Turán via Hardy-Littlewood circle method?

For any set $B\subseteq \mathbb{N}$ one can associate the formal series
$$f_B(z) = \sum_{b\in B}z^b$$
and obtain
$$f_B(z)^k = \sum_{n\geqslant 0} r_{B,k}(n)z^n,$$
where $r_{B,k}(n) = ...

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### Is the sumset or the sumset of the square set always large?

Let A be a finite subset of $\mathbb{N}$, $\mathbb{R}$, or a sufficiently small subset of $\mathbb{F}_{p}$.
Do we have a lower bound of the form $|A|^{1+\delta}$ on the following quantity:
$$\max ...

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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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### 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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### Which sets of roots of unity give a polynomial with nonnegative coefficients?

The question in brief: When does a subset $S$ of the complex $n$th roots of unity have the property that
$$\prod_{\alpha\, \in \,S} (z-\alpha)$$
gives a polynomial in $\mathbb R[z]$ with ...

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### Area defined with $\pm$ closedness

Denote $B_n\subset\Bbb R^n$ to be unit ball at origin.
Denote $S\subset B_n$ to region of type $\mathsf I$ if it satisfies
$$s\in S\iff\forall t\in S, s+t\in S\mbox{ or }s-t\in S$$
I am convinced ...

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### Number of elements in the set $\{1,\cdots,n\}\cdot\{1,\cdots,n\}$

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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**1**answer

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### What pairs of sets have additive energy?

In an abelian group, the additive energy between two sets is $$E(A,B)=|\{(a_1,a_2,b_1,b_2)
\in A\times A\times B\times B:a_1+b_1=a_2+b_2\}|$$ which is ranges from $|A||B|$ to $(|A||B|)^{3/2}$. What I ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

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### Elaboration of a certain section of a paper by Thanigasalam

In section 11 of this paper by Thanigasalam, it says "... we get $G(10)\le 105$, and this implies that $H(10) \le 107$". However, it is very unclear how this follows. Why is it the case that $G(10)\le ...

**0**

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### Determing signs of Taylor coefficients in entire functions

This is a continuation of Determining when combinatorial sums are zero
Suppose $f(x)$ is an entire function approximated by polynomials with only negative real zeros. Suppose further that ...

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### Determining when combinatorial sums are zero

To keep things simple with a specific example, we ask:
Prove that $\displaystyle\ a_n:=\frac{1}{n!}\sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k} \frac{1}{k!} (-1)^{n-k}$ is zero if and only if $n=1$. (Or find a ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### On the upper Banach density of the set of positive integers whose base-$b$ representation misses at least one prescribed digit

Let $b$ be a fixed integer $\ge 2$ and $A$ a proper subset of $\{0, \ldots, b-1\}$. Then define $X$ to be the set of all positive integers whose base-$b$ representation consists only of digits from ...

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votes

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### Who was/were the first to note that if $\sum_{x \in X} \frac{1}{x} < \infty$ then the natural density of $X$ is zero?

It is a result from additive-theory folklore that the natural density of a set $X$ of positive integers such that $\sum_{x \in X} \frac{1}{x} < \infty$ is zero. This is reproved, e.g., in T. ...

**6**

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### Distribution of trivial subset sums

Suppose I have a set $S$ of $n$ integers picked independently, uniformly at random from $[-L, L].$ Let $z(S)$ be the number of subsets of $S$ which sum to zero. The question is: what is the ...

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### Goldbach's problem in algebraic number fields [duplicate]

Are there any results on the representation of numbers in algebraic number fields as the sum of primes in the ring of integers in that field? There are some results for Waring's problem in other ...

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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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**2**

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**1**answer

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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 ...

**4**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**4**

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**0**answers

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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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vote

**1**answer

194 views

### 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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**1**answer

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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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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### 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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votes

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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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votes

**2**answers

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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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**0**answers

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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 ...