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Iterated sumset inequalities in cancellative semigroups

This question is motivated by the following well-known theorems: Thm (Plünnecke): If $A$ is a finite nonempty subset of an abelian group, then for every $n$ we have $|A^n| \le ...
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Sumsets and dilates: does $|A+\lambda A|<|A+A|$ ever hold?

The following problem is somehow hidden in this recently asked question, but I believe that it deserves to be asked explicitly. Is it true that for any finite set $A$ of real numbers, and any real ...
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Element with unique representation in A+B

Let $A, B \subseteq \mathbb{Z}$ be finite subsets of the integers. Then there exists an element in $A+B$ with a unique representation as a sum of an element in $A$ and an element in $B$, namely ...
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On a problem about $GF(2)^n$

For $A\subseteq {\mathbb F}_2^n$ let $$ Q(A)=\{\alpha+\beta\mid \alpha,\beta \in A,\ \alpha\neq\beta \}. $$ I want to prove or disprove that if $|A|=2^k+1$ for some integer $k$, then $$ ...
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Minimal “sumset basis” in the discrete linear space $\mathbb F_2^n$

For a set $C\subseteq \mathbb F_2^n$, let $2C=C+C:=\{\alpha+\beta\colon \alpha,\beta\in C\}$. I want to find $C$ of the smallest possible size such that $2C=\mathbb F_2^n$. Let $m(n)$ be the size of a ...
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Number of orders of $k$-sums of $n$-numbers

Suppose we have a $n$-element set $S$. Denote the set of its $k$-element subsets by $K$ ($|K|=\binom{n}{k}$). If the elements of $S$ are real numbers then to each $k$-element subset we can associate ...
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Subgroup cliques in the Paley graph

It is a famous open problem to estimate non-trivially, for a prime $p\equiv 1\pmod 4$, the largest size of a subset $A\subset{\mathbb F}_p$ such that the difference of any two elements of $A$ is a ...
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How to find an integer set, s.t. the sums of at most 3 elements are all distinct?

How to find a set $A \subset \mathbb{N}$ such that any sum of at most three Elements $a_i \in A$ is different if at least one element in the sum is different. Example with $|A|=3$: Out of the set $A ...
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$B_k[1]$ sets with smallest possible $m = max B_k[1]$ for given $k$ and $n = |B_k[1]|$ elements

Sidon sets are sets $A \subset \mathbb{N}$ such that for all $a_j,b_j \in A$ holds $$a_1+a_2=b_1+b_2 \iff \{a_1,a_2\}=\{b_1,b_2\}$$ Thus if you know the sum of two elements, you know which elements ...
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Sumsets and a bound

Let $q$ be a positive integer. Is it true there exists a constant $C_q$ such that the following inequality holds for any finite set $A$ of reals: $$\displaystyle |A+qA|\ge (q+1)|A|-C_q\qquad (1)$$ I ...
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Distribution of $a^2+\alpha b^2$

It is well known that size of the set of positive integers up to $n$ that can be written as $a^2+b^2$ is asymptotic to $C \frac{n}{\sqrt{\log n}}$. Here I'm interested mostly in the weaker fact that ...
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A sumset inequality

A friend asked me the following problem: Is it true that for every $X\subset A\subset \mathbb{Z}$, where $A$ is finite and $X$ is non-empty, that $$\frac{|A+X|}{|X|}\geq \frac{|A+A|}{|A|}?$$ ...
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Number of vectors so that no two subset sums are equal

Consider all $10$-tuple vectors each element of which is either $1$ or $0$. It is very easy to select a set $v_1,\dots,v_{10}= S$ of $10$ such vectors so that no two distinct subsets of vectors $S_1 ...
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Lower bounds for $|A+A|$ if $A$ contains only perfect squares

Let $A$ a set with $|A|=n$ that contains only perfect squares of integers. What lower bounds can we give for $|A+A|$? I think the lower bound $\gg \frac{n^2}{\sqrt{log \,n}}$ holds (this would be ...
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Doubling for Sumset of the same set

Let $G$ ($G=\mathbb{Z}^n_2$ for my case) be a additive group and $A$ be a subset of $G$. For any set $S\subseteq G$ define its doubling as $$\sigma (S)=\dfrac{|S+S|}{|S|}$$ Suppose $A$ has small ...
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Anticoncentration of the convolution of two characteristic functions

Edit: This is a question related to my other post, stated in a much more concrete way I think. I am interested in anything (ideas, references) related to the following problem: Suppose that $A ...
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A problem related with 'Postage stamp problem'

A friend of mine taught me this question. I found that it is related with 'Postage stamp problem' (though it does not seem to be same). Let $m,a_1\lt a_2\lt \cdots\lt a_n$ be natural numbers. Now let ...
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Size of a certain sumset in $\mathbb{Z}/p^2\mathbb{Z}$

We are interested in estimating the size of a certain sumset in $\mathbb{Z}/p^2\mathbb{Z}$. Let $p$ be an odd prime, $g$ a primitive root modulo $p^2$, and $A=\langle g^p\rangle$ the unit subgroup of ...
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A sum-product estimate in Z/p^2Z

We are interested in a sum-product type estimate. Let $p$ be an odd prime, and let $A$ be the order $p-1$ subgroup of $(\mathbb{Z}/p^2\mathbb{Z})^\times$. That is, let $A = \langle g^p \rangle$, where ...
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how to proof this Stirling related equation

here is what I need to proof, have no idea were to start. I know there is some connection with the Stirling theorem. $$ \sum_{i=0}^{d}\binom{m}{i} \leq \left ( \frac{em}{d} \right )^{d} $$ I tried ...
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unique sums in a finite direct product of sets of integers

I am an algebraist, and I am wondering if there is a definition for the following: Let $A_1$, $A_2$, $\ldots, A_n$ be sets of integers (or more generally, subsets of a group $G$). Say that (for the ...
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Additive set with small sum set and large difference set

I have a question! Can someone explain how (the intuition, method?) one can try to construct an additive set of cardinality $N$ with a small sum set (around $N$) and a very large difference set ...
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Cliques in the Paley graph and a problem of Sarkozy

The following question is motivated by pure curiosity; it is not a part of any research project and I do not have any applications. The question comes as an interpolation between two notoriously ...
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Find an approximate expression of a sum of a product using the average of each item

Is it possible to find an approximate expression of $\frac{\sum_{i=1}^{n} k_i x_i}{\sum_{i=1}^{n} k_i}$ using $\langle k \rangle$, $\langle k^2 \rangle$, $\langle x \rangle$, and $n$? Alternatively if ...
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Intersecting Hamming spheres: is $|A\stackrel k+E|\ge|A|$?

Since my original posting some ten days ago, I discovered an amazing example which changed significantly my perception of the problem. Accordingly, the whole post got re-written now. The most ...
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The hypercube: $|A {\stackrel2+} E| \ge |A|$?

I have a good motivation to ask the question below, but since the post is already a little long, and the problem looks rather natural and appealing (well, to me, at least), I'd rather go straight to ...