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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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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Intersection between the sums of the first positive integers, primes and non primes

Is the following conjecture true ? $$\left\{\sum\limits_{\begin{array}{c}k=1\\k\in\mathbb{Z}\end{array}}^nk \ |\ n\in\Bbb Z\right\} \cap \left\lbrace \sum\limits_{\begin{array}{c}k=1\\k\in\mathbb{Z}...
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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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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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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, $F_3=...
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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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Between Fermat's primes and the twin primes

Let me start with a curiosity. The integers $11,13,17,19$ are prime numbers, and $101,103,107,109$ are prime as well. One might wonder whether there is another occurrence where $10^m+1,10^m+3,10^m+7$ ...
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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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Is the number $\sum_{p\text{ prime}}p^{-2}$ known to be irrational?

Is the number $$\sum_{p\text{ prime}}p^{-2}$$ known to be irrational? The limit exists, since $$\sum_{p\text{ prime}}p^{-2}<\sum_{i=1}^{\infty}i^{-2}=\frac{\pi^{2}}{6}$$.
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Greedy permutation of the set $\{1,2,\dots,n\}$ and prime numbers

Answering this question, another question came to my mind. For which $n$ will the greedy algorithm work? We define a sequence of natural numbers $x_n$ recursively: $$x_1 =1,$$ $$x_n \mbox{ is the ...
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Independence between the number of prime factors of $n$ and $n+2$

I am interested in having an upper bound for the cardinality of $\#\left\{n\leq x\,:\quad\omega(n)=k, \omega(n+2)=\ell\right\}$ for $k,\ell\geq 1$, where $\omega(n)=\sum_{p\vert n}1$ counts the ...
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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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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, (n-r,n+...
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Equation which has nontrivial solutions modulo $N$ for every $N \ge 2$ does not have any nontrivial integer solutions

Let $\alpha = \sqrt[3]{2}$ and $K = \textbf{Q}(\alpha)$. I want to show that the equation$$\text{N}_\textbf{Q}^K\left(x + 4y + z\alpha + w\alpha^2\right) - 6(x + y)\left(x^2 + xy + 7y^2\right) = 0,$$...
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Generating prime numbers

By a theorem of Mills, 1947, there is a real number $c$ such that for every $n$, $[c^{3^n}]$ is a prime number. Is there a real number $d$ such that $[d^n]$ is prime, for every $n$ ?
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Primes of the form $(2m+1)^2-2^{2s+1}$

The question is the following : Question: Does there exist infinitely many primes of the form $(2m+1)^2-2^{2s+1}$ with $m,s\geq 1$ ? Why this could be true: Bunyakowsky conjecture would ...
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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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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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k-Almost Primes in short intervals

According to this question every interval $[x, x + x^{0.45}]$ contains a product of two primes, and this has been improved further slightly. Are there better results available for $k$-almost primes? ...
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Can primes be (almost) random sequence in von Mises sense?

Random models for primes (such as Cramer's model) have been extensively used for informal justification of various conjectures involving primes. It is crucial to understand in what sense sequence of ...
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Are there an infinite number of twin semiprimes?

A semiprime is a number that is the product of two (possibly equal) primes. Define twin semiprimes (my terminology) as two consecutive numbers both semiprimes. For example, $(57,58)$ are twin ...
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“Forthcoming paper” of Goldston-Graham-Pintz-Yıldırım

The above-named authors of [1] and its (significantly different) published version [2] write: In a forthcoming paper, we will show how the methods here can be extended to prove corresponding ...
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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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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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“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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Asymptotic density of winning positions in “Prime Nim”?

Consider a single-pile NIM variant, played under standard (not misere) objective, with the rule that you may remove any prime number from the pile. The winning positions of this game are all numbers $...
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Any ways to Simplify Daboussi's Argument for Prime Number Theorem?

One strategy to prove the Prime number theorem involves removing some factors: $$ \limsup_{x \to \infty} \underbrace{\frac{1}{x}\sum_{n \leq x} \mu(x)}_{\color{red}{A}}\leq \prod_{p \leq y} \left( 1 ...
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Prime gap counts in short intervals

Since it is conjectured that the twin prime count at $n\sim2 C_2\ \frac{n}{\log^2n},$ where $C_2 = \prod_{p\ge 3} \frac{p(p-2)}{(p-1)^2} = 0.66016 18158 \dots,$ it follows that the twin prime count ...
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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} \end{array}...
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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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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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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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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 product-...
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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, (n-r,n+...
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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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Visibility in a prime orchard

This suggests a variant on Polya's orchard problem. That problem asks1 for which radius $\epsilon$ of trees at each lattice point within a distance $R$ of the origin block all lines of sight to the ...
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Are there infinitely many zeros of $\chi(s)+ \dfrac{2^{s}- 2^{2s-1}}{2^{s}-1}$ on the critical line?

Take $\chi(s)= 2^s\,\pi^{s-1}\,\sin\left(\frac{\pi\,s}{2}\right)\,\Gamma(1-s)$, so that $\zeta(s)=\chi(s)\,\zeta(1-s)$. The zeros of $\chi(s)=-1$ and the non-trivial zeros $\rho$ of $\zeta(s)$, seem ...
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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 \;\text{...
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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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$n\varphi(n)\equiv 2\pmod{\sigma(n)}$ 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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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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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 p(M)$\lt$...