Questions where prime numbers play a key-role, such as: questions on the distribution of prime numbers (twin primes, gaps between primes, Hardy–Littlewood conjectures, etc); questions on prime numbers with special properties (Wieferich prime, Wolstenholme prime, etc.). This tag is often used as a ...

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The topology of Arithmetic Progressions of primes

The primary motivation for this question is the following: I would like to extract some topological statistics which capture how arithmetic progressions of prime numbers "fit together" in a manner ...
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Does $\binom{2n}{n} \equiv 2 \pmod p$ ever hold?

Well, the title does not tell the whole story; the complete question is: Are there any primes of the form $p=2n(n-1)+1$, with integer $n\ge 1$, such that $$ \binom{2n}{n} \equiv 2\pmod p ? $$ ...
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Small primes attract large primes

I posted a version of this to stackexchange and got 12 up-votes and no answers in somewhat more than a day. Someone in a comment construed it as asking for a lot of novel research including figuring ...
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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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Why $\gcd \{ {\rm ord}_p(q)\colon q\mid p-1 \}$ likes to be large?

For a prime $p$, let $F_p$ denote the greatest common divisor of the orders modulo $p$ of all prime divisors of $p-1$: $$ F_p = \gcd \{ {\rm ord}_p(q)\colon q\mid p-1 \}; $$ thus, for instance, ...
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Are the twin primes the only positive double zeros of this real function?

Agno's answer was extremely helpful. For $x \in \mathbb{R}, x \ge 1$ define $$ f(x) = \sin\frac{\pi(\Gamma(x)+1)}{\lfloor x \rfloor}$$ By Wilson's theorem the positive integer zeros of $f(x)$ are ...
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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 ...
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Sieve bound for prime $k$-tuples

Let $d_1<d_2<\dots<d_k$ be integers. Then the number of integers $n\leq x$, such that $n+d_1, n+d_2, \ldots, n+d_k$ are simultaneously prime, is bounded above by $$ \mathfrak{S}(d_1, \ldots, ...
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Does the given operation on pairs of primes always repeat?

Let $p$ and $q$ be two distinct primes. The set $$A(p,q) =\{m+n : mp+nq=1 \textrm{ and } m,n \in \mathbb{Z}\}$$ is an arithmetic progression. Its step size $p-q$ is coprime to a fixed $m+n$ because ...
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Would the following conjectures imply $\lim\inf_{n\to\infty}p_{n+k}-p_{n}=O(k\log k)$?

Assume Goldbach's conjecture. Then for every $n\ge 2$ there exists at least one non-negative integer $r\le n-2$ such that both $n+r$ and $n-r$ are primes. Let's write $r_{0}(n):=\inf\{r\le n-2, ...
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Two different ways to count Mersenne Primes

Hi there, the motivation for this question is to better understand the heuristics of Mersenne primes, and I was motivated by the recent questions (Mersenne quasi-primes) and (Primes in generalized ...
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On the ratio of Gilbreath sequences

Definitions: let $n \in \mathbb{N}_{>0} \cup \{ \infty \}$ and let $E_n$ be the set of sequences $(d_i)_{i=1}^n$ such that $d_1=1$, $d_i$ is an even integer (for $i > 1$) and $0<d_i \le i$. ...
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In which orders can the numbers of prime factors of consecutive integers be?

Let $\omega(m)$ be the number of distinct prime divisors of a positive integer $m>1$. I am interested in the relative orders in which the numbers $\omega(n+1),...,\omega(n+k)$ can occur. Given ...
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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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“probabilistic” density of primes?

A certain set $\cal P$ of primes is defined by two assumedly independent conditions: The first condition on a prime $p$ can be characterized in terms of the type of splitting of $p$ in certain Galois ...
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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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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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Is ${\rm lcm}\{{\rm ord}_p(q)\colon q\mid p-1,\ q>2\}>\sqrt p\ \,$?

The following question is "ideologically related" to the one I recently asked here. For a prime $p$, let $M_p$ denotes the least common multiple of the orders modulo $p$ of all odd prime divisors of ...
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A conjecture of Erdos on consecutive differences of primes

Let $d_k = p_{k + 1} - p_k$ be the difference between consecutive primes and define \begin{equation} e_k = \left\{\begin{array}{c l} 1 &, d_{k + 1} > d_k \\ 0 &, \text{otherwise} ...
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On the sum of consecutive primes and product of first and last

Lets consider the sequence of consecutive prime numbers $p_1=2 , p_2=3 ,p_4=5 , \cdots$ . $(p_n,p_{j})$ is to be called good prime pair if $$\sum_{i =n }^{j}p_i= p_n p_{j}$$ Meaning the sum of set of ...
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Twin Primes that are Sophie Germain Primes

Suppose $p$ is a prime such that $p + 2$ is also prime, and nothing else is known about $p$. Is there any reason to think that this affects the probability that $p$ is also a Sophie Germain prime? ...
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Generalizing prime numbers to product-indecomposable objects in toposes

Any object $A$ in any topos decomposes as $A\times1$ and $1\times A$, and in $FinSet$ objects with no other product decompositions are "prime numbers". Is there any extension of the theory of ...
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Would the following conjectures imply Cramer's conjecture?

Assume Goldbach's conjecture. Then for every $n\ge 2$ there exists at least one non-negative integer $r\le n-2$ such that both $n+r$ and $n-r$ are primes. Let's write $r_{0}(n):=\inf\{r\le n-2, ...
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Any published references for this $O(n)$ time, $O(n^\epsilon)$ space identity for the count of primes?

I would like to know if this identity (or trivial equivalents) for $\pi(n)$, the count of primes, is currently published anywhere. $D_{0,a}(n) = 1$ $D_{1,a}(n) = \lfloor n\rfloor-a-1 \ \ \ \ \ \ \ \ ...
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Primes of the form $x^2+ny^2$ such that when you swap x and y you get another prime

Hello, Im looking at primes of the form $x^2+ny^2$ for $n>1$ where we can swap $x$ and $y$ and get another prime, I have found many such pairs for many values of n, and i wanted to know if there ...
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$x^2+1$ attaining almost prime values

Iwaniec, using the linear sieve, proved that $n^2+1$ can be a product of at most two primes infinitely often and furthermore a lower bound of the correct order of magnitude for the number of such ...
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Primes for which 2 is a primitive root

I am writing a paper in which I keep referring to primes p for which 2 is a primitive root mod p and so I want to give a name for these primes. Is there a name for these primes in the literature ...
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Should I expect to see numbers this smooth?

I have a sequence $N_k$ of numbers whose growth I wish to determine, or at least approximate nicely. When I look at the ratios of consecutive members, I find some interesting simplifications ...
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$n\varphi(n)\equiv 2\pmod{\sigma(n)}$ as a primality test

It is known from Subbarao, "On two congruences for primality" that $n>22$ is a prime iff $$n\sigma(n)\equiv 2\pmod{\varphi(n)},$$ where $\varphi(n)$ is Euler's function and $\sigma(n)$ is sum of ...
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How many ways can a number be Fortunate?

An integer $m$ is Fortunate if it can be written as $q-P$, where $P$ is a primorial and $q$ is the smallest prime greater than $P+1$. It is conjectured that Fortunate numbers are always prime. It ...
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Picking out an odd subset

I want to know whether the following property holds: There exists a constant C such that for any big positive integer N and any nonempty subset M of {1,...,N} there exists a positive integer ...
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Are there an infinite number of prime Euclid numbers?

A number defined as the product of first $n$ prime numbers $+1$ is called $n$th Euclid number. Are there any survey on the progress for answering the following question: are there an infinite number ...
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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 ...
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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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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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The divisors of $p-1$ and high-degree residues modulo $p$

Here is a somewhat more explicit version of a question that I asked a while ago. Suppose that $p$ is a prime of the form $p=2n(n+1)+1$, with a positive integer $n$. Can every odd prime divisor of ...
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Can the following quantitative version of Chen's theorem be obtained?

The theorem of the Chinese mathematician Chen Jingrun is currently one of the best results with respect to the binary Goldbach problem. It asserts that every even integer $n$ is in the sumset $P + ...
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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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On a weighted sum in a lemma for sieve methods

I'm reading James Maynard's paper "Small gaps between primes". Lemma 6.1 (p.14) in this paper confused me. This lemma was taken from Goldston-Graham-Pintz-Yildirim's paper "Small gaps between ...
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AKS Algorithm Pseudoprimes

The AKS algorithm is based on the following fully deterministic primality check: Let input $n>1$ and $a \in \mathbb{N}$ such that $(a,n)=1$. Then $n$ is prime if and only if $$\tag{1}(x+a)^n ...
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Estimate on radical of $2^n \pm 1$

Not sure if this belongs to MO or not. Are there any lower bound on radical of $2^n \pm 1$ (Recall that radical of integer $rad(k)$ is a product of primes which divide integer $k$)? As an example If ...
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smallest k such that highest prime factor of m(m+1)…(m+k-1) is > n if m > n.

I am fascinated by this entry OEIS A213253 which lists the smallest $k$ such that highest prime factor of $m(m+1)\dots(m+k-1)$ is $> n$ if $m > n$. The article has references to the algorithm ...
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Generalization of Tamarkin’s ARO 1993, final round, problem 10/8: part II

Let us use the notations of my previous question about Tamarkin's problem. Let $\ell\in\left\lbrace 0,1,...,p\right\rbrace$. An element $f\in \mathbb Z^{\mathbb Z}$ is said to be ...
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Number of $k$-partitions of $n$ into odd prime parts

Browsing through OESIS I have found that if $p_p(n)$ denotes the number of partitions of $n$ into prime parts then $p_p(n) = O(e^{\frac{2 \Pi}{\sqrt{3}}\sqrt{n/\log n}})$. I am interested in the ...
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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 ...
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Two (strictly related) proofs by induction of inequalities

This is a question I originally asked on MSE, receiving no answer, even with a bounty (which expired) on it. Therefore I am crosslinking in order to prevent duplication of effort: see here for the ...
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Effective version of the Bombieri-Vinogradov theorem

Is there an effective version of the Bombieri-Vinogradov Theorem, in that have bounds on the implied constant been found?
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Second Hardy-Littlewood Conjecture theme

If Second Hardy-Littlewood Conjecture is true then we can claim that $\pi(x)-\pi(y)\leq \pi(x-y)$. Thus the conjecture gives an upper bound for the number of primes between $x$ and $y$. I have found ...
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Metric on the set of subsets of the rational primes

Note: this is a revision of an earlier post. It was kindly pointed out that my initial proposed metric was in fact not a metric, so this is a revised version. I was thinking how to say that two sets ...
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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 $$ ...