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### Covering a set with geometric progressions

Consider the set $S_n=\{1,2,\cdots ,n\}$. What is the minimum number of distinct geometric progressions that cover $S_n$? Let us call this number $a_n$. I was wondering about this number after doing a ...
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### Can you cover the Boolean cube {0,1}^n with O(1) Hamming-balls each of radius n/2-c*sqrt(n)?

(where c>0 and the balls need not be disjoint?) This is an embarrassingly simple question, yet somehow I couldn't find an answer (not even, "this is a well-known open problem") after spending some ...
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### Besicovitch's covering theorem for ellipsoids and shadows

The usual Besicovitch's covering theorem concerns closed balls in $\mathbb{R}^d$. It relies on a property called "directionally limited metric space": the principal ingredient is to say that there can'...
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### Image of the map induced on homology by a covering

I asked this question on math.se (http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/647930/image-of-the-map-on-homology-induced-by-a-covering), but it have not attracted much of attention. Let $X$ and $Y$ are ...
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### Are generically trivial finite unramified morphisms trivial

Let $S$ be a smooth affine variety over $\mathbb C$ and let $f:X\to S$ be a finite unramified morphism. Suppose that $X(K(S))$ is non-empty. (This means that $X\to S$ has a section generically. It ...
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### Unit covering of $d$-dimensional points

Given a set of points in $X$ axis, we want to cover them with minimum number of unit intervals. For this problem we can assume that each interval in the optimal solution is starting or ending in one ...
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### Description of regular covering maps between surfaces.

This is an improved and hopefully a more precise version of the question Covering spaces of surfaces. Question: Given a regular covering map $\pi:\Sigma_g\to\Sigma_h$, where $\Sigma_n$ denotes a ...
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### Approximating Unit covering of d-dimensional points

Given a $d$-dimensional disk of radius $2$ in $\mathbb{R}^d$, how many disks of radius $1$ suffice to cover it. Of course, it's fine if the smaller disks overlap. What matters is to specify a finite ...
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### holomorphic covering between points in Teichmuller space

I have the following questiom: let $X$ and $Y$ be two different points (represented by Riemann surfaces) in the Teichmuller space $T_g$ of genus $g \geq 2$ Riemann surfaces. Then of course $X$ and $Y$ ...
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### Sheaf of relative differentials of double cover

Let $Y$ be a smooth projective $k$-variety, $D\subset Y$ a smooth (irreducible) divisor and a line bundle such that $L^2=\mathcal O_Y(D)$. Let us call $f:X\rightarrow Y$ the double cover defined by ...
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### Maximal expansions of strongly minimal covers of hypergraphs

Let $H = (V,E)$ be a hypergraph, that is $V$ is a set and $E \subseteq {\cal P}(V)$. We assume $\bigcup E = V$. Moreover we assume that every $e\in E$ is contained in some maximal member $e'\in E$ (...
### 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 ...