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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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### “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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### 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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### $B_k[1]$ sets with smallest possible $m = max B_k[1]$ for given $k$ and $n = |B_k[1]|$ elements

Sidon sets are sets $A \subset \mathbb{N}$ such that for all $a_j,b_j \in A$ holds
$$a_1+a_2=b_1+b_2 \iff \{a_1,a_2\}=\{b_1,b_2\}$$
Thus if you know the sum of two elements, you know which elements ...

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### Stronger condition than being a normal polytope?

A polytope $P$ with integer vertices is called normal if
for every $p = \sum_j a_j p_j $ such that $a_j \geq 0$, $\sum_j a_j = k \in \mathbb{N}$,
$p_j$ are vertices of $P$ and $p$ is an integer ...

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### Finite fields: alternating sums of values of polynomials

Notation
In what follows let $p$ be a (odd, if needed) prime, $e$ a positive integer, $q = p^e$; $\mathbb{F}_q$ will denote a finite field with $q$ elements whose prime subfield will be denoted as ...

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### Green-Tao style theorem for quadratic regressions (Ulam Spiral)

This is a naive question about number theory.
Looking at an Ulam spiral which illustrates primes of the form e.g. $4x^2-2x+c$ and other quadratic equations $ax^2+bx+c$, with $c>0$, there appears a ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Sumset of parallel arithmetic progressions in Euclidean space

Let $A$ be a finite subset of $\mathbb R^n$ such that dim $A=n$ ($A$ is not contained in any lower dimensional hyperplane). It is a known result from Freiman that the size of the sumset $A+A$ is lower ...

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### latest classification of difference sets

I am looking for a reference including the last classification of difference sets and almost difference sets. Would you mind letting me know some of them? The recent ones are preferred.

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### Cover one finite subset of integers by another one

Let $A$, $B$ be two finite subsets of integers. We denote by $C(A, B)$ the minimum number of shifts of $A$ to cover $B$. More formally, it can be written as
$$
C(A, B)=\min\{|S|: S\subseteq ...

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### $\sum_{a\in A} r(a)$, where $A\subseteq\mathbb{Z}_n$ and $r(a)$ is the number of representations of $a$ as sum of two elements from $A$

Reading Seva's answer to this question, I got lost at the line relating $\sum_{a\in A} r(a)$ to $|A\cap 2A|$. More precisely, restating the problem:
Let $A\subseteq\mathbb{Z}_n$ be an set of ...

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### Greedy sequences without k-term arithmetic progressions

If $S_k$ is the greedy sequence with no length-k arithmetic subsequence, (ie $S_3$ = A003278 , $S_4$ = A005837 , $S_5$ = A020655 ), is it guaranteed that any other sequence $a$ with no length-k ...

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### Minimum number of solutions in a system of equalities and non-equalities

Let $k<N$ and $P_1, ..., P_{2k+1}, \lambda_1, ..., \lambda_k$ be elements of a finite group $G$ of size $N$.
Find the minimum number of solution of the system
$$P_{2i} + P_{2i+1} = \lambda_i, ...