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I'm a professor at Oxford University, on sabbatical in New Zealand until April 2014
May 17 |
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Gauss sums over multiplicative subgroups
Igor, Thanks for this mention. I did try pretty hard with that particular set of notes, though I might change one or two things if I were doing them again. I had some help from Bourgain and Lindenstrauss. |
Apr 23 |
awarded | Yearling |
Apr 12 |
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Why groups that admit Folner Sequences are amenable
Jo, you can use the Folner sequence to define an almost invariant mean, then take a limit of these along an ultrafilter to get a genuinely invariant one. See for example these notes, starting page 26, for a discussion in the case of Z. dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~bjg23/ATG/Chapter3.pdf I'm speaking here of the case when G is a discrete group; in the locally compact case matters are a little more complicated. There are many better sources in the literature - recent blog notes of Tao, to give just one example. |
Apr 8 |
awarded | Necromancer |
Apr 2 |
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Perron, Fourier
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Apr 1 |
awarded | Nice Answer |
Mar 28 |
answered | Perron, Fourier |
Mar 19 |
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About unpublished lecture notes of Philip Hall
There's a copy of the Edmonton notes in the Cambridge maths library; I consulted it a couple of years ago. |
Feb 3 |
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minimum number of subsets?
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Feb 3 |
answered | minimum number of subsets? |
Dec 27 |
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Every prime number > 19 divides one plus the product of two smaller primes?
Denis, I don't understand your comment. I only know two things that count as good reasons in the theory of prime numbers. First, a proof. Second, a decent heuristic or "statistical" argument. Here, the set of $1 + rs$ ought to look like a fairly random (give or take some irregularities mod small primes) subset of $[1,p^2]$ of density $1/\log^2 p$. The probability of $x \leq p^2$ being divisible by $p$ is $1/p$. I'd expect subsets of $[1,X]$ of densities $\alpha$ and $\beta$ to intersect as soon as $\alpha \beta \gg 1/X$ unless there is some good reason why not. |
Dec 27 |
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Every prime number > 19 divides one plus the product of two smaller primes?
Geoff- there certainly is work on this. It's known that the smallest prime congruent to $a$ mod $q$ is $\ll q^{5.4}$ (or so). It's conjectured that it's $\ll q^{1 + \epsilon}$. The GRH would give $\ll q^{2 + \epsilon}$. |
Dec 27 |
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Every prime number > 19 divides one plus the product of two smaller primes?
Mark - yes, there are "sum-product" results of this type. The one most applicable here is that due to Bourgain-Katz-Tao: it says that if $A \subseteq Z/pZ$ and $|A + A|, |A \cdot A| \leq K|A|$ then either $|A| \leq K^C$ or $|A| \geq K^{-C} p$. When $A$ has size about $p/\log p$, it tells you rather little (namely either $|A + A|$ or $|A \cdot A|$ has size at least $p/(\log p)^{1 - c}$) and I think exponential sum techniques are likely to be better. |
Dec 27 |
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Every prime number > 19 divides one plus the product of two smaller primes?
I might add that I would expect trigonometric sums to allow one to show that $A \cdot A$ is almost all of $Z/pZ$ as $p \rightarrow \infty$. |
Dec 27 |
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Every prime number > 19 divides one plus the product of two smaller primes?
Interesting problem. I don't think either the sum-product idea or the trig sums idea will work immediately. In the latter case because one has a binary problem instead of one with three variables, and in the former because I think you can have both $A.A \subsetneq Z/pZ^*$ and $A + A^{-1} \subsetneq Z/pZ$ with $A$ reasonably large, even positive density. But both of these are good ideas on which to base further thought. |
Dec 19 |
awarded | Notable Question |
Dec 16 |
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Picking out an odd subset
I should also add that the second question is rather natural: if I tell you $M(p,h)$ for all $h$ mod $p$ and for all $p \leq X$, how big does $X$ need to be before you can tell me $|M|$? Perhaps I'll ask some of the Bristol number theorists today. |
Dec 16 |
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Picking out an odd subset
Perhaps ideas connected with large sieve will help here. If $M(p,h)$ denotes the number of elts of $M$ congruent to $h$ mod $p$ then the assumption that $M(p,h)$ is always even should force the square mean $\sum_h |M(p,h) - |M|/p|^2$ to be, say, twice the size that one might expect for a positive fraction of $p$s. I'm not claiming to have an actual argument, though! |
Dec 12 |
answered | Is there a Plancherel Theorem for Gowers norms? |
Dec 2 |
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A conjecture on the relative size of Goldbach pairs?
There is most likely a literature on results of the form "For almost all even numbers 2N we can write 2N = p_1 + p_2 with p_1/p_2 < 1/F(N)". I'm pretty sure simply getting F(N) -> infty would be a simple application of the circle method, but I'd be surprised if one could get much better than F(N) > N^c for some small c, if that. |