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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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### 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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### Correlation of Fourier transforms of characteristic functions

Let $A$ and $B$ ($A\subset B$) be subsets of a finite abelian group $G$. (For the sake of argument, you can take $G$ to be $\mathbb{Z}/p\mathbb{Z}$ for large $p$, say.) Write $1_S$ for the ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### An abstract zero-sum problem

I would like to know whether the problem described below has appeared in the literature and/or whether similar questions have been studied. I would be very happy to find some references or, if none ...

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### Partition regularity in the squares

A linear equation $c_1x_1 + \cdots + c_sx_s = 0$ is partition regular if for every partition of the natural numbers into colour classes $A_1, \ldots, A_r$, there is a solution to the equation in which ...

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### Erdös-Fuchs Theorem for multivariate linear forms

Let $A$ be an infinite set of positive integers, and denote by $r(n)$ the number of solutions to the equation $a+a'=n$, with $a,\, a' \in A$.
It is not very difficult to show that if $r(n) > 0$ ...

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### A characterization of quadratics similar to an inverse sieve problem

Suppose $\mathscr{A} \subset \mathbb{N}$ enjoys for all large enough cutoffs $X$ the following properties:
$|\mathscr{A} \cap [1,X]| > \sqrt{X}/10$; and
the discriminant $\prod_{\alpha \neq ...

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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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### A strong sum-product “for translates” in finite fields

In the course of some recent research, I've sketched out a proof of the following result. My basis question is: is the result interesting?
Proposition There exists an absolute constant $c$ such ...

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### Why have most maximal cliques of Paley graphs odd size?

I ask this question mainly by curiosity.
See here for definitions and a plot of the clique numbers of the Paley graphs for the primes $p\equiv 1 \pmod 4$ up to $10000$.
Is there an ...

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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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### Some questions about the Lévy monoid of certain densities

Let $\bf H$ be a set, $f: \mathcal P({\bf H}) \rightharpoonup \bf R$ a partial function, and $\mathcal{D}$ the domain of $f$.
Next, denote by $\mathcal M(f)$ the set of all (total) functions $\theta: ...

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### Is $AA+A$ always at least as large as $A/A$?

Let $A$ be a finite set of real numbers. Is it always the case that $|AA+A| \geq |A/A|$?
In the line above, $AA+A:=\{ab+c:a,b,c \in A \}$, while $A/A:=\{a/b:a,b \in A, b\neq 0 \}$ is the ratio set.
...

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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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### Distribution of subset-sums

Let $A$ be a set of $n$ integers uniformly distributed in $\{0,\dots,N-1\}$. Let $S$ be the set of subset-sums modulo $N$ of $A$. Let $f_{n,N}(k)$ be the probability that $|S|=k$.
Is there an ...

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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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### 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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### The original proof of Szemerédi's Theorem

Nowadays there are plenty of different proofs of the celebrated Szemerédi's Theorem but for historical reasons I would like to read and understand the original proof. The proof is very tricky and, for ...

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### Are the extremal points of a certain set of functions $\mathcal P(\mathbf N) \to \bf R$ weakly additive?

Let an upper density (on $\mathbf N$) be a (set) function $f: \mathcal P(\mathbf N) \to \mathbf R$ such that, for all $X, Y \subseteq \bf N$ and $h,k \in \mathbf N^+$, the following hold:
(F1) ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### “Pseudo-random” subsets of additive bases

We say that a subset $B \subset \mathbb{N}$ is an (asymptotic) additive basis of order $k$ if the set $kB = B + \cdots + B = \mathbb{N} \setminus C$, where $C$ is a finite set of positive integers. ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Subgroup cliques in the Paley graph

It is a famous open problem to estimate non-trivially, for a prime $p\equiv 1\pmod 4$, the largest size of a subset $A\subset{\mathbb F}_p$ such that the difference of any two elements of $A$ is a ...

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### Sets of polynomials with restricted set of products

Let $F = \{f_1, ..., f_n\}$ be a set of distinct monic polynomials (and thus also $f_i^2$ are distinct). Let $F' = \{f_i f_j: i \neq j\}$ be the set of pairwise products of all distinct elements from ...

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### Number cubes with consecutive line sums

This is barely of research interest, but I'd classify it as a curiosity with connections to combinatorics.
The problem is to place integers in an $n \times n \times n$ array so that all $3n^2$ line ...

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### Distribution of the evaluation (at a non-trivial root of -1) of polynomials with small coefficients

When we studied some cryptographic protocol, we came accross the following problem, which seems linked to the uniformity of the residues of small multiplicative subgroups of $\mathbb{F}_q$.
Problem
...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Can the affine sieve be used to sieve for $k$-free values?

The affine sieve, developed initially by Bourgain-Gamburd-Sarnak in the paper "Affine linear sieve, expanders, and sum-product" published in Inventiones Mathematicae in 2010, deals generally with the ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### Consecutive integers divisible by consecutive small numbers

Given $n$, what is the largest set of consecutive integers in $[n,2n]$ can we have so that each integer is divisible by a distinct element from $[\log n,2\log n]$ (no partiular order)? So apriori I am ...

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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 ...