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Lower bounds on the error term of the prime number theorem

Are there any lower bounds on the error term for the prime number theorem, or in other words, is there a nontrivial $f$ s.t. $$f(x)\ll |\psi(x) - x|$$ where $\psi$ is the Chebyshev function.
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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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lower and upper bound for $\sum_{k=1}^n \frac{(-1)^{\Omega(k)}}k$?

Are there known any lower and upper bounds for $$ \sum_{k=1}^n \frac{(-1)^{\Omega(k)}}k, $$ where $\Omega(n)$ is the number of prime factors counting multiplicities of $n$? Or at least is it known ...
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Divisor sums over values of binary forms of primes

Let $\tau$ be the divisor function, that is $$ \tau(n)=\sharp\{d \in \mathbb{N}, d|n\}. $$ I was wondering if anyone has ever proved an asymptotic estimate for the sum $$S(x):=\sum_{p,q\leq ...
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Squarefree numbers $n$ such that $432n+1$ is also squarefree

This is a second attempt (see Primes $p$ such that $432 p +1$ is prime) Is the set of squarefree numbers $n$ such that $n(432 n+1)$ is also squarefree known to be infinite? Fact: the number of such ...
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Primes $p$ such that $432 p +1$ is prime [closed]

Is the set of prime numbers $p$ such that $432 p + 1$ is also prime infinite? It doesn't follow from Dirichlet's theorem as far as I can tell.
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The shortest interval for which the prime number theorem holds [closed]

It is well known that the prime number theorem on the form \begin{align*} \pi(x+y) - \pi(x) \sim \frac{y}{\log (x+y)} \end{align*} breaks down for short enough intervals, e.g. taking $y=(\log ...
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Arguments for the second Hardy–Littlewood conjecture being false?

Assume that $x,y > 2$, and that $x<y$. Then the second Hardy–Littlewood conjecture states that $$\pi(x + y) - \pi(y) \leq \pi(x).$$ We can easily justify this heuristically, since $$ ...
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The conjecture of Montgomery and Soundararajan on primes in short intervals: Empirical inconsistencies?

Assume that $y/ \log x \rightarrow \infty$ and that $y/x \rightarrow 0$. Then, from a conjecture by Montgomery and Soundararajan, we expect the number of primes in the interval $[x,x+y]$ to be ...
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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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153 views

Log weight removal in general (weaker) prime number theorem

Let $a_n$ be a sequence of non-negative numbers. Assume that $$\limsup _{X\to \infty}\frac{\sum_{p\leq X} a_p\log p}{X}\leq 1.$$ Can we prove that $$\limsup _{X\to \infty}\frac{\sum_{p\leq X} ...
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192 views

Uniformity of the distribution of the prime numbers on the prime residue classes (mod $m$)

Given positive integers $m$, $r$ and $n$, let $\pi(m,r,n)$ denote the number of prime numbers $p \leq n$ in the residue class $r$ (mod $m$). Further let $1 = r_1 < r_2 < \dots < ...
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Relation between Maier's theorem and a conjecture of Montgomery and Soundararajan

Let us consider the number of primes in the interval $[N,N+h]$, with $h\leq N$. According to the answer given by Lucia to a previous question on the distribution of primes, it is natural to consider ...
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Prime counting function with a form of finite product using perron's formula

There's a form of complex integral what Riemann obtained to finding $\pi (x)$, $$ \pi^{*}(x)=\int_{L}\frac{\log \zeta (s)}{s}x^{s}ds, (1)$$ we already know that it lead us to the Prime Number ...
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Major arcs in the proof that every odd number is the sum of at most 5 primes

In his proof that all odd numbers greater than 1 are the sum of at most 5 primes, Terence Tao uses one large major arc around 0 rather than small ones around the rationals, which I am more accustomed ...
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Wiener-Ikehara tauberian theorem and order of pole at s=1

In the introduction to Akshay Venkatesh's thesis "Limiting Forms of the Trace Formula" we have the following statement : "For, in summing over primes, the limit ...
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Prime races à la Mertens

I have just read the nice survey by Granville and Martin about prime races. I wonder what happens if one changes the rules for the prime races as follows. Fix $q$ a modulus (an integer $>1$). For ...
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391 views

Roots of unity near 1 in Z / p Z

Let $r \ge 3$ be a fixed integer. I'm interested in primes p such that no integer in the interval $(-\sqrt{p}, \sqrt{p})$, except $1$ (and $-1$ if $r$ is even), is an r-th root of unity modulo p. The ...
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Does the Maynard-Tao Theorem apply to general tuples of linear forms?

In the paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1311.5319v1.pdf the author states the following theorem, which he attributes to Maynard and Tao. For any integer $m > 2$, there exists an integer $k = k(m)$ such ...
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When does Merten's product theorem accurately estimate the number of coprimes in an interval?

Assume an arbitrary $x$ and let $z$ be smaller than $y$, where $y$ is the length of the interval $[x,x+y]$. What I would like to know is: Let $W(z)=\prod_{p\leq z}\left(1-\frac{1}{p}\right)$. For ...
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Lines in image; are they significant to prime numbers if so how?

Amateur math question. I was playing around generating some 2D images, and wondered what it would look like if placed $P_{i}$ dots on a circle with diameter of $i$ for increasing values of $i$, where ...
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468 views

Chebotarev density theorem for $k$-almost primes

Consider a finite Galois extension $L$ of $\mathbb Q$, of Galois group $G$. Let $k \geq 1$ be a fixed integer. Let $D$ be a subset of $G^k$ invariant by conjugation and by the natural action of the ...
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About sign changes of Li(x)-π(x)

Given a constant $C$, which are the best known upper bounds for the number of sign changes of the function $$ f: \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}, \ \ x \mapsto {\rm Li}(x)-\pi(x) $$ in the range ...
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In this prime counting identity, can this limit of a sum be expressed as integrals?

Here's the identity I'm working with. $E_{0}(n,b) = 1$ $E_{k}(n,b) = \displaystyle\sum_{j=2}^{\lfloor n \rfloor}E_{k-1}(\frac{n}{j},b)-b \sum_{j=1}^{\lfloor \frac{n}{b} \rfloor}E_{k-1}(\frac{n}{j ...
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447 views

Can the Brun-Titchmarsh theorem be improved when the modulus is smooth?

For $q,a$ relatively prime, let $\pi(x,q,a)$ denote the number of primes less than $x$ which are congruent to $a$ modulo $q$. The Brun-Titchmarsh theorem states that $$\pi(x,q,a)\leq ...
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What is the crucial difference the Maynard/Tao approach and Goldston-Pintz-Yildirim that extends to prime k-tuples with $k>2$

Suppose $m$ is a positive integer. A quantity of interest is $$ H_m = \liminf_{n\to\infty} \left(p_{n+m} - p_n \right) $$ The twin prime conjecture, is, of course $H_1 = 2$, the the prime k-tuples ...
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Other implications of Zhang's method

I have been reading a bit about Zhang's proof and the associated Polymath8 project. Though Tao's high level summary ...
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The Bombieri Vinogradov Theorem restricted to moduli divisible by $k$

The Bombieri-Vinogradov Theorem states that given $A>0$, there exists $B>0$ such that for $Q=\sqrt{x}\left(\log x\right)^{-B},$ we have $$\sum_{q\leq Q}\max_{y\leq x}\max_{\begin{array}{c} ...
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Least prime $p$ such that an irreducible polynomial of degree $n$ has no root modulo $p$?

This question is inspired by an old question of Greg Kuperberg, about how small is the first prime $p$ which makes a given monic polynomial $P$ with integral coefficient have a (simple) root modulo ...
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Infinitely many primes, and Mobius randomness in sparse sets

Problem 1: Find a (not extremely artificial) set A of integers so that for every $n$, $|A\cap [n]| \le n^{0.499}$, ($[n]=\{1,2,...,n\}$,) where you can prove that $A$ contains infinitely many primes. ...
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549 views

Density of prime pairs whose gap is less than the average gap

By the prime number theorem we know that the "average gap" between the first $n$ primes is $\ln p_n$. I would like to know the density of consecutive prime pairs whose gap is less than the average gap ...
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154 views

Behavior of a quantity related to Fermat's 4n + 1 Theorem

One of Fermat's theorems states that if $p = 4n + 1$ for some integer $n$, then $p$ can be expressed uniquely as a sum of two squares, $p = a^2 + b^2$. I am working on a problem and I would like to ...
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Heuristic for Montgomery's conjecture

This is my third question on this site regarding Montgomery's conjecture -- and I apologize if this is too much -- but I am still not understanding well why this conjecture is believed to be true. ...
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Does Zhang's theorem generalize to $3$ or more primes in an interval of fixed length?

Let $p_n$ be the $n$-th prime number, as usual: $p_1 = 2$, $p_2 = 3$, $p_3 = 5$, $p_4 = 7$, etc. For $k=1,2,3,\ldots$, define $$ g_k = \liminf_{n \rightarrow \infty} (p_{n+k} - p_n). $$ Thus the twin ...
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Tightening Zhang's bound

Inspired by a blogpost by Scott Morrison and ongoing discussion there I decided to create this community wiki to track progress on the original bound of Yitan Zhang. The original bound was ...
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Estimate on the prime-counting function $\psi(x)$.

There is an elementary statement that I believe I have read somewhere, but I can't remember where. I'd like to know if the statement is correct (in which case it is surely standard) and if so, where I ...
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Sequences equidistributed modulo 1

Let $\alpha$ be any positive irrational and $\beta$ be any positive real. We have the following results. H. Weyl (1909): The fractional part of the sequence $\alpha n$ is equidistributed modulo 1. ...
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272 views

Least non primitive root

There is an abundant literature, and even here on MO no shortage of questions, on the question of the smallest prime primitivee root modulo $q$ (where $q$ is a prime, or more generally an odd prime ...
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A divergent series related to the number of divisors of of p-1

Let $d(n)$ denote the number of divisors of $n$. Is it known that the series $$\sum_{p \text{ prime}} \frac{1}{d(p-1)}$$ diverges? This would follow immediately from the Sophie Germain Conjecture. ...
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What are the best known lower and upper bounds for the second Chebyshev function $\psi(x)$

I was reading through Jitsuro Nagura's proof that there is always a prime between $x$ and $\frac{6x}{5}$ when $x \ge 25$. In the paper, he uses the following bounds for the second Chebyshev function ...
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Montgomery's conjecture and lower bound on certain Fourier transform.

Recently I have come across the following question, while meditating about Matt Young's answer to this question of mine, explaining the heuristic (or at least, one possible heuristic) behind ...
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Prime Number Races in 2 Dimensions

Is the mapping $$f: \ \mathbb{N} \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}[i], \ \ \ n \ \mapsto \sum_{2 < p \leq n \ {\rm prime}} e^{\frac{p-1}{4} \pi i}$$ surjective? In 1999, when I was an undergraduate student, ...
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571 views

Least prime primitive root

For $p$ a prime number, let $G(p)$ be the least prime $q$ such that $q$ is a primitive root mod $p$, that is $q$ generates the multiplicative group $(\mathbb Z/p\mathbb Z$)* . Is it known that ...
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The tightest prime zipper

Define a prime zipper as an increasing function $f(n)$ mapping $\mathbb{N}$ into $\mathbb{N}$ with the property that, for every $n \ge 1$, there is at least one prime within the inclusive interval $[ ...
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Density of integers $n$ whose totient $\varphi(n)$ is larger than $\alpha n$

Fix $0 < \alpha < 1$ a real. Let $S_\alpha$ the set of integers $n \geq 1$ such that be $\phi(n)>\alpha n$. For $x>0$, let $S_\alpha(x)$ be the number of positive integers $n$ less han $x$ ...
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Prime Power Gaps

In 2000, Baker, Harman and Pintz proved that there is always a prime in the interval $(n-n^{0.525}, n)$. There are also conditional results implying smaller intervals. Nevertheless, I could not find ...
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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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Large gaps between P2s

Gaps between consecutive primes are $O(n^{\theta+\varepsilon})$ for $\theta=0.525$ and any $\varepsilon>0.$ I was wondering if a better result is known for gaps between numbers with at most two ...
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Better error bounds for partial sums of reciprocals of primes?

One of Mertens' theorems gives that $$\sum_{ p \text{ prime,} p \leq k } 1/p - \log{\log{k}} = B + E(k)$$ where $B$ is a constant near $0.26$ in value and $E(k)$ is an error term whose size is ...
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On a sum involving prime numbers

I find myself needing the asymtotics of the following summation for my work. Let $a$ be a positive real number and $p_n$ be the $n$-th prime. $$ \sum_{k=1}^{n} [k^a - (k-1)^a]p_k $$ At $a=1$, this ...