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### About the prime divisors of values of polynomials

Let $P(x)$ be a polynomial having integer coefficients (and degree $\geq 3$), and let $p_1<p_2<\dots$ be the prime divisors occurring in the set of values $\{P(n):\ n\in\mathbb{Z}\}$.
Is it ...

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### Lower density of {primes} times themselves

We say that a set $A\subseteq \mathbb{N}$ has lower density 0 if $$\text{lim inf}_{n\to\infty}\frac{|A\cap\{1,\ldots,n\}|}{n} = 0.$$
Given $A,B\subseteq \mathbb{N}$ we set $A\cdot B = \{a\cdot b: ...

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### The multiplicative group generated by shifted primes

I am asking for references about the following problem.
In particular, it is still open? If not, what is the state of the art result?
Problem 1. Let $\Gamma$ be the multiplicative subgroup of ...

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votes

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### How did Cole factor $2^{67}-1$ in 1903

I just heard a This American Life episode which recounted the famous anecdote about Frank Nelson Cole factoring $N:=2^{67}-1$ as $193707721 \times 761838257287$. There doesn't seem to be a historical ...

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votes

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### Prime divisors of the norm of the first coefficient of an elliptic newform at width-1 cusps.

Let $E/\mathbb{Q}$ be an elliptic curve of conductor $N$ and let $f$ be its newform.
Suppose $p \geq 5$ is a prime such that $p^2 \mid N$. We assume $f$ is $p$-minimal, which is equivalent to that the ...

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votes

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### Non-standard Gauss sums

I have the following problem. Let $p$ be some prime. What is the value of
\begin{equation}
\sum_{k=1}^{p-1} \left(\frac{k+1}{p}\right) \omega_p^{kl},
\end{equation}
where $\left(\frac{k+1}{p}\right)$ ...

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votes

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### Smallest constant so that there are at least $n/\log_2{n}$ primes between $n$ and a constant multiple of $n$

What is the smallest known $c$ so that for any $n\geq 2$ there are at least $n/\log_2{n}$ primes between $n$ and $cn$ (inclusive)?
The prime number theorem seems to give an asymptotic result so I am ...

**0**

votes

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### Expliciting the distance between consecutive Goldbach numbers assuming it's finite

In this paper, the author shows unconditionally that at least one of the following statements holds:
i) the distance between two consecutive Goldbach numbers is finite, i.e. there exists an ...

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vote

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### Asymptotics on number of bounded prime gaps [duplicate]

It's been over 2 years since the groundbreaking paper by Yitang Zhang in which he has shown that infinitely many prime pairs are by some constant $H$, with $H\leq 70000000$. Over the course of the ...

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votes

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### Are there always at least *five* divisions?

@JosephO'Rourke asked a question about a Collatz like function related to primes:
$f(n) =
\begin{cases}
n^2 & \text{if} \;n \;\text{is prime} \\
\lfloor n/2 \rfloor & \text{if} \;n ...

**3**

votes

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### Are There Infinitly Many $n$ Which $a\times n!+1$ Be Composite?

$ax+1$ is a linear polynomial with integral coefficients.
Are there infinitly many $n$ which $a\times n!+1$ be composite?
As I know this problem is true for polynomials with degree greater that 1, ...

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votes

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615 views

### A Collatz-like function that bifurcates on primes

This is likely piling one mystery on another, but ...
I was exploring a function $f(n): \mathbb{N} \mapsto \mathbb{N}$ defined as follows:
$$
f(n) =
\begin{cases}
n^2 & \text{if} \;n \;\text{is ...

**1**

vote

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### Distribution of composite numbers

I have moved this question to math.stackexchange.com. People who are interested in this question can discuss at :http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1272431/distribution-of-composite-numbers
...

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votes

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### Farey Fractions Estimate Equivalent to the Prime Number Theorem?

Wikipedia's article on Farey Fractions points to an article of Jerome Franel that some averages are equivalent to the Riemann hypothesis.
Let $F_n$ be the $n$-th Farey sequence, then the number of ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

183 views

### Is the following conjecture equivalent to the Second Hardy-Littlewood Conjecture? [closed]

Let $y$ be an arbitrary positive real number such that $y\ge 2$. Then if we can prove that, $$\lim_{x\to\infty}\dfrac{\pi(x)+\pi(y)}{\pi(x+y)}=1$$will it imply that for all sufficiently large $x$ ...

**1**

vote

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### Has this formula for $G_{k}:=\lim\inf_{n\to\infty}p_{n+k}-p_{n}$ been conjectured?

I give here a heuristics that suggests that the quantity $\displaystyle{G_{k}:=\liminf_{n\to\infty}p_{n+k}-p_{n}}$ should be approximately equal to $k(1+H_{k})$, where $H_{k}$ is the $k$-th harmonic ...

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votes

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### Why are solutions to $\sqrt[k]{x_1^k+x_2^k+x_3^k+x_4^k}$ for $k=2,3$ curiously smooth?

Given an integer solution $s_m$ to the system,
$$x_1^2+x_2^2+\dots+x_n^2 = y^2$$
$$x_1^3+x_2^3+\dots+x_n^3 = z^3$$
and define the function,
$$F(s_m) = x_1+x_2+\dots+x_n$$
For $n\geq3$, using an ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

485 views

### Are reduced residue systems relative primorials an active area of research? If not, why not?

As a math amateur, I am finding the study reduced residue systems relative a primorial a very interesting way to understand the distribution of primes. For example, it is fascinating to me that it is ...

**3**

votes

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296 views

### Uniform upper bound for the sum over primes $\sum_{p \leq x} p^{-1+\varepsilon}$

I am reading the article D. M. Gordon and C. Pomerance, The distribution of Lucas and elliptic pseudoprime, Math. Comp. (1991) (click).
In equation (27) the authors, apparently, used the following ...

**8**

votes

**1**answer

322 views

### Asymptotic limit of truncated Legendre sieve

Consider the truncated sum
$$
S(x):=\sum_{\substack{{d\mid P(\sqrt{x})}\\{d\leq x}}}\mu(d)/d,
$$
where $P(z)$ is the product of all primes less than or equal to $z$, and $\mu(d)$ is the Möbius ...

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votes

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### A Polynomial With Positive Prime Density

Let $P(x)$ be a non-constant polynomial with real coefficients.
Can natural density of
$$\{n\ |\ \lfloor P(n)\rfloor \ \text{is prime.}\}$$
be positive?

**2**

votes

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### Squarefree part of a Mersenne number

Consider the Mersenne number; $M_p=2^p−1$.
Let $M_p=a_pb^2_p$ where $a_p$ is positive, squarefree, and $p$ is prime.
A chinese paper written by Le Maohua "“On Mersenne Numbers”" states that the ...

**6**

votes

**1**answer

317 views

### Primes isolated by large gaps to either side

Say that the $n$-th prime $p_n$ is isolated to degree $k$
(my notation) if
the prime gap to either side is larger than $\log p_n$ to the $k$-th power:
\begin{eqnarray*}
p_n - p_{n-1} & > & ...

**2**

votes

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### Primes as uncorrelated random variables [closed]

The heuristic justification section of the Wikipedia article about Goldbach's conjecture says that the argument that suggests that
the number of twin primes below $x$ should be roughly ...

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votes

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### A variant of Goldbach Conjecture

I'm asking if this variant of weak Goldbach's Conjecture is already known.
Let $N$ be an odd number. Does there exists prime numbers $p_1$, $p_2$ and $p_3$ such that $p_1+p_2-p_3=N$? Ideally, can we ...

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votes

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### Small quotients of smooth numbers

Assume that $N=2^k$, and let $\{n_1, \dots, n_N\}$ denote the set of square-free positive integers which are generated by the first $k$ primes, sorted in increasing order. Question: what is a good ...

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votes

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### divisible by all standard prime numbers

This question is about prime numbers in nonstandard models of Peano Arithmetic. Every such model looks like N+AxZ, where A is a dense linear order without end points.
There are many nonstandard ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Can integers be distorted to make primes more regular?

Given a set $P$ of real numbers $\ge 1$, define the gap among different products in $P$ as
$$g(P) = \inf \big\{\prod_{i=1}^n p_i^{a_i} - \prod_{i=1}^n p_i^{b_i} \mid p_i\in P;\,\, p_i\ne p_j \,\text{ ...

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vote

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### Generalization of Little Fermat Theorem for a particular $a$ and perfect shuffles

I'm looking for the smallest $n\in \mathbb{N}$ that solves the following equation:
$$2^n=1 \mod m$$
For an odd $m$. I know that Little Fermat Theorem and Euler Totient give me a solution but they ...

**3**

votes

**1**answer

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### What is the Complexity Class of the “Function Variant” of the Integer Factorization Problem?

I've been reading up a lot Prime Factorization and it's complexity, including a fair number of questions on this very site. However, I still feel there is a question still left unanswered.
So, ...

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votes

**0**answers

163 views

### Infinite sums with Mobius Inversion : can we have uniform convergence of inversion formula?

My question is on Mobius inversion formula convergence/properties when used with infinite sums of function.
Lets consider (on $\mathbb{R}^{+}$):
$$S(x)= \sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty} f(nx)$$
We call ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

333 views

### Can you find squares in this class?

For a problem I am working over, I would like to prove that numbers of the following type are not squares
$p(l^4+6l^2m^2-3m^4)$
where $p,l,m$ are integers an $p$ prime. I have already found various ...

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votes

**1**answer

458 views

### Which kind of subsets of primes one needs to generate a positive ratio of the natural numbers?

Not knowing elementary number theory well, I ask this one, which is not very clear to answer, rather I am looking for some results around this question or known theorems. The problem is the following:
...

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votes

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### A set of integers whose factorial can be written as a product of two factorials

I am trying to collect informations concerning the set
$$\mathcal{A}=\left\{n\in\mathbb{N} \mid (\exists k,l\in\{2,3,\dots,n-2\})(n!=k!l!)\right\}.$$
It seems not much is known about the set ...

**-3**

votes

**1**answer

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### Asymptotic formula for $\prod_{p\leq x} (1-p^{-1})$ [closed]

Does there exists a good asymptotic formula for
$$A(x) := \prod_{p\leq x}(1-\frac 1p).$$
By using a heuristic argument one can guess:
$$A(x) \sim \frac{1}{2\,\mathrm{ln}(x)}.$$
Here is the ...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

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### Density of numbers whose prime factors all come from a fixed congruence class

Let $q$ be a positive integer greater than one, and let $a$ be an integer such that $\gcd(a,q) = 1$. Define
$$D(a,q) = \{n \in \mathbb{N} : p | n \Rightarrow p \equiv a \pmod{q} \}.$$
Do we know the ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

437 views

### Is anything like $\phi(n)>\dfrac n{e^\gamma\log\log n},\ \sigma(n)<e^\gamma n\log\log n$ known/conjectured for the generalizations of these functions?

Is anything like $\dfrac n{\phi(n)}<\dfrac{\sigma(n)}n<e^\gamma\log\log n$ known/conjectured for the generalizations of these functions?
Let $n=p_1^{a_1}\cdots p_t^{a_t}$ be the canonical prime ...

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votes

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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
...

**2**

votes

**0**answers

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### Best constant for Maier's theorem?

Maier proved that, for fixed $\lambda>1,$
$$
\limsup_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x+\log^\lambda x)-\pi(x)}{\log^{\lambda-1}x}>1
$$
and in particular
$$
\limsup_{x\to\infty}\frac{\pi(x+\log^\lambda ...

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votes

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### What is known about primes of the form x^2-2y^2?

David Cox's book Primes of The Form: $x^2+ny^2$ does a great job proving and motivating a lot of results for $n>0$. I was unable to find anything for negative numbers, let alone the case I am ...

**2**

votes

**1**answer

285 views

### $n^3 | \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}^2$ => $n | \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}$?

For $n\in \mathbf{N}$ is $$n^3 \text{ divides } \sum_{i=1}^{n-1}\binom{n}{i}^2=\binom{n}{1}^2+\cdots +\binom{n}{n-1}^2$$ impling $$n \text{ divides } ...

**0**

votes

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### logarithmic integral question

Define: $\operatorname{li}(x)=\int_{0}^{x}\dfrac{1}{\log(t)}\operatorname{d}t$.
When does the following statement fail?
With $\theta = 1 + \frac{1}{\operatorname{li}(x)}$, for $x \ge x_0$,
...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Primes that are sums of two squares with constraints on the squares

It is well known that there are infinitely many primes of the form $a^2+b^2$ (namely all primes congruent to $1$ modulo $4$). On the other hand, Euler raised the problem as to whether there are ...

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votes

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### Generating primes with floor of a polynomial $[p(n)]$

Is there a polynomial $p(x)$ with real coefitients and degree at least one that $[p(n)]$ for everey natural number like $n$ be a prime?
If yes, what is such a polynomial $p(x)$ and if no, how to ...

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votes

**0**answers

332 views

### Word complexity of primes mod 4

For an infinite binary word $w$, the word complexity $f_w(n)$ is defined as the number of different subwords of length $n$. The asymptotic behavior of this function is an important parameter of the ...

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votes

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### Analog of Euler's factoring technique

Is there an analog of Euler's Two Squares factoring theorem over polynomial rings $\Bbb Z[x]$ by considering a version for non-negative polynomials?
Euler's two squares factoring states that numbers ...

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votes

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### How to calculate the sum of remainders of N?

I'm trying to sum the remainders when dividing N by numbers from 1 up to N
$$\sum_{i = 1}^{N} N \bmod i$$
It's easy to write a program to evaluate the sum if N is small in O(N) but what if N is large ...

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votes

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### Is there a hidden symmetry in the prime numbers distribution?

Under Goldbach's conjecture, let's consider once again the map $r_0\colon n\mapsto r_{0}(n)$ such that $r_{0}(n)$ is the smallest non negative integer $r$ such that both $n-r$ and $n+r$ are prime.
...

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vote

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### Has this formula about prime gaps already been conjectured and/or proven?

While playing around with prime gaps, I found out that the following formula seems to be a rather good approximation of the ratio $\dfrac{p_{b}-p_{a}}{b-a}$ where $a<b$ are positive integers:
...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

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### Is $ a^2b^2-ab-ap$ a perfect square for suitable $a,b\in \mathbb{Z}^+$?

Consider the expression
$$
a^2b^2-ab-ap\qquad (a,b\in \mathbb{Z}^+),
$$
where $p\equiv1\pmod{4}$.
Question. For every prime $p\equiv1\pmod{4}$ do there exist $a,b\in\mathbb{Z}^+$ such that ...