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### Siegel-Walfisz for the Möbius function

I am working through the proof of the Bombieri-Vinogradov theorem in Analytic Number Theory (Iwaniec, Kowalski). My problem is that on page 424, it is said that $\mu(m)$ satisfies $D_f(x;q,a)\ll ...

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### Adding sets not containing arithmetic progressions of length three by forcing

Consider the following forcing notion: conditions in $\mathbb{P}$ are pairs $(s, N),$ where:
1) $s\in 2^{<\omega}$,
2) $N\in \mathbb{N}$,
3) (by identifying $s$ with a subset of $lh(s)$) $s$ ...

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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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### Large sets not containing arithmetic progressions of length 3 in intervals

Given a large enough natural number $N$, let $\Delta_N=\{A \subseteq [N, 2N]: A$ contains no arithmetic progressions of length $3 \},$ where for natural numbers $N<M$ we have $[N, M]=\{N, N+1, ..., ...

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### Thin sets that are well-distributed over arithmetic progressions?

The primes do a nice job of intersecting an arithmetic progression $\{a+dn\}_{n=0}^\infty$ when $a$ and $d$ are coprime (see Dirichlet's theorem).
I would like a set of integers $S$ such that
the ...

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### Covering a finite subset of $\mathbb{N}$ with prime arithmetic progressions

Because of a problem I ran into I am trying to get a quick start in covering with arithmetic progressions.
First I want to say I am aware of this previously asked question:
Covering $\mathbb{N}$ with ...

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### Smallest prime in an arithmetic progression

Let $\{a_n\}_{n\in\mathbb{N}}$ be defined as $a_n = a + bn$ for some $a, b >0,(a, b) = 1$. Are there good bounds on the minimal $k$ s.t. $a_k$ is prime. It is well known that there are infinitely ...

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### Arithmetic progression and average of two prime numbers

Let $A=(a_n : n \in \mathbb{N})$ be the sequence given by:
$$
\ a_n = a_1 + (n - 1)d,\quad a_1,\ d,\ n \in \mathbb N,\quad d\gt a_1,\quad \gcd(a_1,\ d)=1.
$$
For all terms of $A$ greater than $\ ...

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### Primes from a Dirichlet sequence and an irrational number

From Dirichlet's theorem on arithmetic progressions, if $\text{gcd}(a,b)=1$ we know $\{ak+b\}_{k\ge 0}$ contains infinitely many primes. Let those primes be $p_1,p_2,\cdots$. Then the real
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### Arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions

Are there arbitrarily long arithmetic progressions in which all the
prime factors of all the terms are at most $N$, for some $N$? Assume
all the terms are positive and the sequence of terms is ...

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### Arithmetic progression and 3^m,3^{m+1} intervals

I'm trying to prove (or disprove) the following "conjecture".Given the following set of powers of two:
$$A = \{ x \mid x = 2^n \text{ and } 2^{n-1} < 3^m < x < 3^{m+1} < 2^{n+1}\}$$
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### Arithmetic progression and most significant digits in different bases

Given a number $x \geq 3$, let $b(x) \in \{0,1\}$ be the second most significant digit (bit) of its binary representation, and $t(x)\in \{1,2\}$ the most significant digit of its ternary ...

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### 4 squares almost in an arithmetic progression

Does there exist infinitely many coprime pairs of integers x,d such that x, x+d, x+2d, x+4d are all square numbers?
One example would be 49,169,289,529. This is the only example I have found so far ...

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### Sum of divisor function over arithmetic progression

I am trying to find an estimate for the following sum:
$$
\sum_{\substack{n \leq x \\ n \equiv k (m)}} d(n),
$$
where $d(n)$ is number of divisors of $n$. I found estimates for the case when $k$ and ...

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### Conjecture about distribution of primes in arithmetic progression

For my work, i need the following
Conjecture: Let $N$ large number such that exist a prime number $q$ and $A>\frac{1}{2}$ such that $N^{1/2}<N^{A}\leq q-1<N.$ Then $\forall a\in\left[1,\, ...

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### On the prime number theorem in arithmetic progression

The prime number theorem tells us that , if $\pi\left(x\right)$ denotes the number of primes less than or equal to $x$, we have $$\pi\left(x\right)\sim\frac{x}{\log x}.$$
In a similar manner ...

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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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### Non-asymptotically densest progression-free sets

For the context of this question, a progression-free set is a subset of integers that does not contain length-three arithmetic progressions.
For large $N$, it is known that $[N] = \{1, \ldots, N\}$ ...

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### Intersection of two arithmetic progressions

Using elementary matrix row and column operations on the system of two diophantine equations, namely, $N=an+b$ and $N=cn+d$, where $n\in\mathbb{N}^0$, it can be shown that the intersection of these ...

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### Largest number of k-arithmetic progressions without a (k+1)-arithmetic progression

Suppose $A \subseteq \{1,\dots,n\}$ does not contain any arithmetic progressions of length $k+1$. What is the largest number of $k$-term arithmetic progressions that $A$ can have? (one may also wish ...

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### Small primes in arithmetic sequences

Fix an integer $a>1$. For $n \geq 1$ an integer, let $\pi_{n,1}(an)$ the number of primes
$p \leq an$ such that $p \equiv 1 \pmod{n}$, and $\pi(an)$ the number of all primes $p \leq an$. Let
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### sequences - recurrence relation [closed]

I have to find the expression of $(y_n)$ defined by :
$$y_{n+1}=a y_n+b z_n+c$$
where $(z_n)$ is an arithmetico-geometric sequence :
$$z_{n+1}=d z_n+e$$
and $a,b,c,d,e$ real numbers.
Thank you ...

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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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### Squares in an Arithmetic Progession

Let $P(x;a,b) := \{an+b, 0\leq n \leq x \} $ denote an arithmetic progression. Further let $A(x;a,b)$ denote the number of elements of $P(x;a,b)$ that are squares. It's an old conjecture of Rudin ...

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### On the least prime in arithmetic progressions

My question concerns the least prime (denoted $p(a, q)$) in the arithmetic progression $a \pmod q$ where $a$ and $q$ are coprime. Quite a time ago Linnik demonstrated that
$$p(a, q) \ll q^L$$
for ...

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### Special arithmetic progressions involving perfect squares

Some time ago the following rather easy problem appeared in an online publication called "Problems in Elementary NT" by Hojoo Lee:
Prove that there are infinitely many positive integers $a$, $b$, $c$ ...

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### least prime in a arithmetic progression

Hello
Here I want to consider the simplest arithmetic progression $n\equiv 1\pmod{q}$ where $q$ is a prime. Is it true that we can find a prime $p\leq q^2$ in this arithmetic progression?
This ...

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### Sum of Series Where Exponent is Sum of Arithmetic Progression

Hi,
How do i get the sum of such a sequence:
$1 + x^{-1} + x^{-3} + x^{-6} + ...$
where the exponents are actually sum of arithmetic progression. i.e.
$x^{-0} + x^{-(0 + 1)} + x^{-(0 + 1 + 2)} + ...

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### Arithmetic progressions in power sequences

In connection with this MO post (and without any applications / motivation whatsoever), here is an apparently difficult - but nice - problem.
For a non-zero real number $s$, consider the infinite ...

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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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### 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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### What Dirichlet doesn't tell…

Let $n>1$ be an integer, and let us consider the set $P(n)$ of all prime numbers $p$ such that $p$ is not congruent to $1$ modulo $n$. Dirichlet's Density Theorem tells us that $P(n)$ has a natural ...

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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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### 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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### Asymptotic Distribution of Primes

Given an integer $n$ and let $1\leq m\leq n$ be such that $n$ and $m$ are coprimes define
$$
\mathcal{N_{n,m}}:=\text{the set of primes $p$ such that $p\equiv{m}\hspace{0.1cm}\mathrm{mod}(n)$}.
$$
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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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### Distribution of a function in an arithmetic progression

I am going to have to borrow the opening passage from Bombieri, Friedlander, Iwaniec${}^*$ since they state this idea so well. In the following $\|f\|$ means $\big(\sum_{n\leqslant x} ...

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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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### greatest common divisor of p-1 and q-1 [closed]

Hi there,
Can we say that if $p$ and $q$ are distinct prime number diving $n$
$\Omega(gcd(p-1,q-1)) \leq \Omega(n)$
Where $\Omega(n)$ denotes the number of prime powers dividing $n$
Best
rahmi

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### residue classes of primes, covering intervals and bounds on the different ways

Take the first $n$ primes $p_1,...,p_n$ and the primorial $P_n$ .Denote by $p_i$ every prime bigger than $p_n$ and smaller than $P_n$.
1) Is that true that there always be a number in any interval of ...

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### Are most primes in a prime arithmetic progression of length at least 3?

Following the following two previous questions on mathoverflow:
Are all primes in a PAP-3?
and
Covering the primes by 3-term APs ?
I have attempted to show that infinitely many primes are in an ...

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### non-asymptotic Bertrand-type theorems for arithmetic progression

It is well known that primes of form $4k+3$, call them $3=q_1 < q_2 < \dots$ satisfy $q_{n+1}/q_n\rightarrow 1$ (and even $q_n=\frac{n}{2\log n}(1+o(1))$). I would be glad to see results of ...

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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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### 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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### 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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### Covering Systems of infinite sets of residue classes mod primes

Take an infinite set of distinct primes and a (edit: or 2 , etc.) residue class for every prime. For exammple you can take all the primes bigger than some prime or the primes of a specific form (i.e. ...

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### Primes in arithmetic progressions

Denote by $\pi(x,a,q)$ the number of primes $p\le x$ of the form $p=qk+a$
and $E(x,a,q)=\phi(q)^{-1}\mathrm{Li}(x)-\pi(x,a,q)$.
What is the strongest conjectured bound on $E(x,a,q)$ in terms of $x,q$?
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### Do there exist sets of integers with arbitrarily large upper density which contains infinitely many elements that are not in an arithmetic progression of length 3?

Given that simply stipulating positive upper density is not sufficient to guarantee that all but finitely many members are in an arithmetic progression of length 3, that there indeed exists sets of ...