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Proof that $\sqrt2$ is irrational [on hold]

Question: Using fundamental theorem of integers and the fact that every natural number that is not prime, prove that $\sqrt{2}$ is irrational unless $n=m^2$ for some $m\in\mathbb N$. Here is how I ...
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Is the sequence of Apéry numbers a Stieltjes moment sequence?

Consider the sequence of Apéry numbers $$ A_n = \sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k}\binom{n+k}{k}\sum_{j=0}^k \binom{k}{j}^3 = \sum_{k=0}^n \binom{n}{k}^2\binom{n+k}{k}^2 . $$ In an email, physicist Alan Sokal ...
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How to test whether a distribution follows a power law? [closed]

I have the data of how many users post how many questions. For example, [UserCount, QuestionCount] [2, 100] [9, 10] [3, 80] ... ... it means each of the 2 users posts 100 questions, each of the 9 ...
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What is the value of $\sum _{n=1}^{\infty \:}\frac{n!}{n^n}$? [closed]

I have a question: What is the value of $\sum _{n=1}^{\infty \:}\frac{n!}{n^n}$? Only I've calculated the following identity: $$\sum _{n=1}^{\infty \:}\frac{n!}{n^n}=\int _0^{1}\left(1+x\cdot \ln ...
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247 views

Cantor set intersecting a geometric sequence

I was working on a problem involving finding all points in the intersection of the Cantor set $C$ and the geometric sequence $\{ (2/3)^i \}_{i=1}^\infty$. The only points I have in this intersection ...
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115 views

Equivalent of Stirling-like numbers

let $b_{n,k}$ be the numbers defined formally by $$X^n=\sum_{k=0}^n b_{n,k}\binom{X}{k}$$ where $\binom{X}{n}=\frac{1}{n!}\prod_{k=0}^{n-1}(X-k)$. I am looking for an equivalent of $b_{n,k}$ when $k$ ...
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203 views

Fourier expansion of Takagi-function (everywhere non differentiable function).

Let us consider Takagi-function defined by $T(x) \colon\!= \sum_{n=0}^{\infty}s(2^nx)/2^n$, where $s(x) \colon\!\!= \underset{n \in {\Bbb Z}}{\mathrm{min}} \,|x-n|$. $T(x)$ has its period $1$, so ...
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Analytic varieties for the primes and the twin primes

I am wondering what real and complex analysis say about the primes and twin primes. According to Wikipedia analytic variety is defined locally as the set of common zeros of finitely many analytic ...
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5answers
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Floors of powers of reals, how much do the first few determine the next?

Call an integer sequence $\mathbf{x}=\left( x_1,x_2,\cdots \right)$ feasible if it is $f(r)=\left(\lfloor r \rfloor, \lfloor r^2 \rfloor, \lfloor r^3 \rfloor, \ldots, \lfloor r^n \rfloor, \ldots ...
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1answer
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The geometric-mean factorial

Think of the factorial as $f(n) = n \odot (n-1) \odot \cdots \odot 2 \odot 1$, where $\odot$ is the binary operator for multiplication, $\cdot$. This suggests exploring replacing $\odot$ with other ...
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1answer
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Is the mapping $f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow [0,1], \ x \mapsto \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\lfloor x^n \rfloor \mod 2}{2^n}$ surjective?

Is the mapping $$ f: \mathbb{R} \rightarrow [0,1], \ x \mapsto \sum_{n=1}^\infty \frac{\lfloor x^n \rfloor \mod 2}{2^n} $$ surjective? If not, what is its image? If yes, what can be said about ...
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539 views

The smallest altitude amongst the triangles formed by points in the unit circle

Let $S$ be a finite set of points inside the unit circle. Consider all possible triangles formed by three distinct points in $S$, and among all such triangles find the smallest altitude. Denote this ...
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1answer
203 views

Equation in integers of irrational degree

Are there any algebraic irrational numbers in $\{log_xy|x,y\in\mathbb{N},x,y\geq2\}$?
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2answers
594 views

When polynomial f(x^2) can be factored as g(x)·g(-x) ?

In relation to my question Expression for the sum of square roots of zeros of a polynomial How to characterize polynomials $f(x)$ with rational coefficients such that $f(x^2)=g(x)\cdot g(-x)$ where ...
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on the set of numbers generated by integer linear combination of two real numbers.

Let $b > a > 0$ be two real numbers. I am interested in the set of numbers $X(p,q) = p a + q b$ with $p,q$ positive integers. Basically this is the set $a \mathbb{N} + b \mathbb{N}$. What ...
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1answer
915 views

Is pi = log_a(b) for some integers a, b > 1?

Are there integers $a, b > 1$ such that $\pi = \log_a(b)$? Or equivalently: are there integers $a,b > 1$ such that $a^\pi = b$? Note that the transcendence of $\pi$ makes this a problem - ...
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242 views

Growth rate of a sum

Consider a positive sequence $x_n >0$ that satisfy the condition that there exists a constant $0<\alpha<1$ such that $x_{n+1} \geq \alpha (x_1+\ldots{} +x_{n})$. What can be said about the ...
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1answer
494 views

Extending an assignment property from Q to R (or C)

Property of any odd number of nonnegative integers: Given $x_1 \leq \ldots \leq x_{2n + 1}$ with each $x_i \in \mathbb{Z}_{\geq 0}$, suppose that for any $x_i$ we remove, the remaining numbers can be ...
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1answer
316 views

Asymptotic equivalence for functions with zeros

I am considering the relative asymptotic behavior of a pair of real functions on the positive real axis, say $f$ and $g$. There is no $x_0$ such that $f$ and $g$ are non-zero for all $x>x_0$. ...
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356 views

Chebyshev's Theorem

Hi, I´m looking for Chebyshev´s theorem which says that the inequality $|x(k)-y|<3/k$ has infinitely many solutions, where $x(k)=x_0+k\alpha \pmod 1$, $\alpha$ is an irrational number, and ...
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1answer
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A curious definite integral.

I was playing around with $\mathcal{I}=\int_0^1\text{frac}({\frac{1}{x^n}}) dx$, where $\text{frac(.)}$ is the fractional part function, and I discovered that $$\mathcal{I}=~~~ \frac{1}{1-n}; ...
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Real Analytic Function and nth Prime

It is trivial that there are no polynomial function $P$ with integer coefficients that has the property $P(n)=p_n$ where $p_n$ is the $n$th prime.While it is true that can always construct a smooth ...
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1answer
315 views

Hausdorff measure on product spaces of p-adic integers

This question came up (unexpectedly) in a problem I was working on a few years ago. It may not be too difficult but I never got around to figuring out the answer, because all I needed at that time was ...
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Heights of several interesting posets

Let the height of a poset $P$ be the supremum of ordinals that are order types of all well-ordered subsets of $P$ (with order inherited from $P$). Define several sets of total functions, in each ...
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Convergent series of primes [closed]

If $f(n)$ is a strictly increasing elementary function from the reals to the reals, and $p(n)$ is the $n$'th prime number. Is there any $f(n)$ such that $\sum_{n=1}^\infty\frac{1}{f(p(n))}$ is ...
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Are some numbers more irrational than others?

Some irrational numbers are transcendental, which makes them in some sense "more irrational" than algebraic numbers. There are also numbers, such as the golden ratio $\varphi$, which are poorly ...
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3answers
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The Hardy Z-function and failure of the Riemann hypothesis

David Feldman asked whether it would be reasonable for the Riemann hypothesis to be false, but for the Riemann zeta function to only have finitely many zeros off the critical line. I very rashly ...
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4answers
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Smooth functions for which $f(x)$ is rational if and only if $x$ is rational

A friend of mine introduced me to the following question: Does there exist a smooth function $f: \mathbb{R} \to \mathbb{R}$, ($f \in C^\infty$), such that $f$ maps rationals to rationals and ...
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Sharp upper bounds for sums of the form $\sum_{p \mid k} \frac{1}{p+1}$

Are there known sharp upper bounds (in terms of $k$ or $\omega(k)$, the number of distinct prime divisors of $k$) for sums of the form $\sum_{p \mid k} \frac{1}{p+1}$ for $k > 1$ subject to the ...
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Is a real power series that maps rationals to rationals defined by a rational function?

Suppose that the function $p(x)$ is defined on an open subset $U$ of $\mathbb{R}$ by a power series with real coefficients. Suppose, further, that $p$ maps rationals to rationals. Must $p$ be defined ...
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Have any long-suspected irrational numbers turned out to be rational?

The history of proving numbers irrational is full of interesting stories, from the ancient proofs for $\sqrt{2}$, to Lambert's irrationality proof for $\pi$, to Roger Apéry's surprise demonstration ...
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Evaluating Shintani cone zeta functions

Hi everyone I am trying the evaluate sums of the form $$ \sum_{n_1>0,n_2>0,\ldots,n_m>0} \frac{1}{\big((a_{1,1}n_1 +\ldots +a_{1,m}n_m)^k \ldots (a_{m,1}n_1+ \ldots +a_{m,m}n_m)^k\big)}$$ ...