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Reporting inconclusive experimental searches

In many areas of mathematics it is informative to conduct numerical experiments. But, it not uncommon that the searches do not lead to the examples or data one was hoping for. Since the numerical ...
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Math videos featuring interesting data animations

I am looking for interesting videos featuring pure data animations (not someone talking about math, but a video featuring some math phenomenon). I am interested in videos that tell a story, rather ...
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Existence of an explosive prime

The motivation to introduce explosive prime is Carmichael's totient conjecture (see why below). Let $\mathbb{N}_{SF}$ be the set of positive square-free integers. Consider the map $f:\mathbb{N}_{SF} \...
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Theorems that are essentially impossible to guess by empirical observation

There are many mathematical statements that, despite being supported by a massive amount of data, are currently unproven. A well-known example is the Goldbach conjecture, which has been shown to hold ...
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What is wrong with the experimental evidence against the semi strong perfect graph theorem?

We got experimental evidence against the semi strong perfect graph theorem and would like to learn what is wrong with it. From Recognizing the P4-structure of bipartite graph The P4-structure of a ...
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Conjectures inspired by AI

Today in Nature a paper described how AI guided mathematicians to make highly non-trivial conjectures, which they managed to prove, one in Knot Theory involving a new invariant, the other in ...
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New experiments involving Ramanujan primes: Benford's law

I know that in the literature there are interesting articles involving the sequence of Ramanujan primes, I refer the Ramanujan Prime from the online encyclopedia Wolfram MathWorld. This week I ...
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Dynamics of a curious bijection of $\mathbb N$

The two sequences A48680 and A48679 of the OEIS define two mutually inverse bijections on the set of all strictly positive natural numbers given (for the comfort of the reader) as follows: Given an ...
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The use of computers leading to major mathematical advances II

I would like to ask about recent examples, mainly after 2015, where experimentation by computers or other use of computers has led to major mathematical advances. This is a continuation of a question ...
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Exact formula for partial sums of Liouville function $L(n)$ (OEIS sequence A002819)

I am wondering if it is possible to get a useful exact formula, or at least some useful asymptotics, for the partial sums of the Liouville function (OEIS sequence A002819) $$L(n)=\sum_{k=1}^n \lambda(...
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What are possible applications of deep learning to research mathematics?

With no doubt everyone here has heard of deep learning, even if they don't know what it is or what it is good for. I myself am a former mathematician turned data scientist who is quite interested in ...
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Why the curve $x^2+y^2+y+1=0$ has only one point over $\mathbb{F}_{3^7}$?

According to both sagemath and Magma the curve $x^2+y^2+y+1=0$ has only one point over $\mathbb{F}_{3^7}$. The projective closure has only one point too. Q1 What hypothesis are missing to not violate ...
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Examples of creative experiments by mathematicians in modern days

I'm reading Random Circles on a Sphere and the authors did the following to empirically check their results: To make a partial test of the accuracy of the above approximations an experiment was ...
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When does this limiting ratio give a real root $x$ to the equation of the form $\sum\limits_{k=0}^d \frac{x^k a_{k+1}}{k!}=0$?

By searching the Inverse Symbolic Calculator, we appear to be able to make the following conjecture about a real root to the equation: $$\sum\limits_{k=0}^d \frac{x^k a_{k+1}}{k!}=0 \tag{1}$$ Let the ...
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How to write computer-assisted mathematics well?

Much has been said about writting good papers in mathematics. A short google query yields countless sources of advice. This skill also appears to be quite transferrable between basic branches of ...
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Some statistics related to the abc conjecture

We did some statistics about the 14 million good abc triples below 10^18 taken from Bart de Smith site. This was examining just the top of the iceberg, since the interesting triples grow very likely ...
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Conceptual insights and inspirations from experimental and computational mathematics [duplicate]

I am interested in whether experiments on computers can help identifying new ideas or concepts in Mathematics. I am not talking about confirming particular conjectures up to certain numbers (for ...
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Gadgets as primality tests

From the literature, showed below, I know two gadgets that provide a way to know if a positive integer (a positive quantity of units) is composite or a prime number. I would like to know if in the ...
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Similar problems for the Dedekind psi function than those that are in the literature for the Euler's totient function: reference request or proposals

I know the linked articles from Wikipedia for the Euler's totient function and the Dedekind psi function. I know that are in the literature famous, interesting and difficult problems involving the ...
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The Knuth-Stolarsky Conjecture in Addition Chains

I would like some general feedback on an experiment I have run in the field of addition chains. An addition chain for target integer $n$ is defined as: $$1=a_0<a_1<\cdots<a_r=n \text{ with }...
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Modified Pascal's triangle

I posted this question to Mathematics Stack Exchange but got no answers. I hope that this question is advanced enough for this forum: In Pascal's triangle, each number is the sum of the two numbers ...
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Growth functions of finite group - computation, typical behaviour, surveys?

Looking on the growth function for Rubik's group and symmetric group, one sees rather different behaviour: Rubik's growth in LOG scale (see MO322877): S_n n=9 growth and nice fit by normal ...
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$\psi(2,1/6),\psi(4,1/6)$ in terms of zeta and pi only and another closed form for zeta

Let $\psi(n,x)$ denote the polygamma function. In this answer Lucia gave linear relations for $\psi(m,1/3),\psi(m,1/6),\zeta(m+1)$. The computer managed to find closed form for $\psi(2,1/6)$ and $\...
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$\pi$ in terms of polygamma

The computer found this, but couldn't prove it. Let $\psi(n,x)$ denote the polygamma function. With precision 500 decimal digits we have: $$ \pi^2 = \frac{1}{4}(15 \psi(1, \frac13) - 3 \psi(1, \...
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Understanding a group of transformations of the plane $\mathbb{Z} \times \mathbb{Z}$

I'm doing some research in visualizing arithmetic sets (resp. properties, resp. sequences of integers). I try to create patterns (in which I hope to observe some symmetries) by injectively mapping $\...
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Periods in the trivial extension algebra of the incidence algebra of the divisor lattice

Definition of $C_L$ for people who like number theory: Let $m$ be a number with prime factorisation $m=p_1^{n_1} ... p_r^{n_r}$ with $n_i>0$. Define $I_m$ to be the incidence algebra of the ...
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Automated search for bijective proofs

In enumerative combinatorics, a bijective proof that $|A_n| = |B_n|$ (where $A_n$ and $B_n$ are finite sets of combinatorial objects of size $n$) is a proof that constructs an explicit bijection ...
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Conjectures that can be tested with large numbers of Hecke eigenvalues of GSp(4) automorphic forms

As part of my thesis work I have proved Ibukiyama's conjecture implies something about $\mathrm{SO}(5)$ forms associated to certain lattices lifting to $\mathrm{GSp}(4)$ (This was originally a ...
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Expansion of inverse logarithmic integral in terms of lambert w

Cipolla and Césaro both gave expansions of $\operatorname{li}^{-1}$ in tems of nested $\log$ functions. I think it can be written in terms of the Lambert-W function in the form: $\operatorname{li}^{-...
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What computational problems would be good proof-of-work problems for cryptocurrency mining?

What computational mathematics problems that could be used as proof-of-work problems for cryptocurrencies? To make this question easier to answer, I want proof-of-work systems that work in ...
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Strange convergence of Euler's series for $\zeta(2)$

Using Maple to compare $\pi^2$ and the partial sums of $6\sum_{n=0}^{\infty}\frac{1}{n^2}$ I have noticed something that appears strange. For instance, let $S_{k}=6\sum_{n=0}^{k}\frac{1}{n^2}$ be ...
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Several conjectured identities for polylogarithms

I asked a question at M.SE a couple of years ago about polylogarithms $\!^{[1]}$$\!^{[2]}$$\!^{[3]}$$\!^{[4]}$ where I conjectured $$720\,\operatorname{Li}_4\!\left(\tfrac12\right)-2160\,\operatorname{...
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May $p^3$ divide $(a+b)^p-a^p-b^p$?

Do there exist positive integers $a,b$ and a prime $p>\max(a,b)$ such that $p^3$ divides $(a+b)^p-a^p-b^p$? The reader of Kvant magazine A. T. Kurgansky asked to prove that such $a,b,p$ do not ...
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The number $\pi$ and summation by $SL(2,\mathbb Z)$

Let $f(a,b,c,d)=\sqrt{a^2+b^2}+\sqrt{c^2+d^2}-\sqrt{(a+c)^2+(b+d)^2}$. (it is the defect in the triangle inequality) Then, we discovered by heuristic arguments and then verified by computer that $$\...
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On the cardinality of the set of right-truncatable primes

We say that the (base ten) prime number $p=a_{n}a_{n-1}a_{n-2}\cdots a_{1}a_{0}$ is right-truncatable if all of the following numbers are prime: \begin{eqnarray*}a_{n},\\a_{n}a_{n-1},\\ a_{n}a_{n-1}...
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Periodicity in iterated powers of sin, cos, exp

Given a complex number $z$, consider the sequence \begin{align*} a_0 & = 1\\ a_1 & = (cos(1))^z\\ a_n & = (cos(a_{n-1}))^z \end{align*} This question is about trying to understand ...
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Which journals publish experimental results in pure maths?

All pure mathematicians know that the goal is to produce insight, rather than to simply obtain results. However, it might sometimes be of value to disseminate largely empirical work. In the same ...
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Experimentation with partial Euler products

Richard Mathar $[1]\& [2]$ shows that \begin{align} &\zeta_{2}(s)\equiv\prod_{\Omega(n)=2}^{}\left(\dfrac{1}{1 - n^{s}}\right)^{-1}=\exp \left(\sum _{k=1}^n \frac{P(k s)^2+P(2 k s)}{2 k}\right)...
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Trying to prove a congruence for Stirling numbers of the second kind

This a repost of a question I asked at Stack Exchange, but I got no answer so far, so I am trying here, even though it may not suit the "research level" requirement. Proposition: When $n$ and $m$ are ...
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Many integral points on quartic models of elliptic curve via differences of squares

Pick fourth power free integer $n$ ($p^4$ doesn't divide $n$). Represent $n$ as difference of possibly negative integer squares $n=v_i^2-u_i^2$. The goal is to find quadratic polynomial with integer ...
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Examples of unexpected mathematical images

I try to generate a lot of examples in my research to get a better feel for what I am doing. Sometimes, I generate a plot, or a figure, that really surprises me, and makes my research take an ...
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Power series defined by Witt vectors / Teichmüller representatives of p-adics

Let $K$ be $\mathbb{Q}_p$ for some prime $p$ (or more generally an unramified extension $W(\mathbb{F}_q)$ of $\mathbb{Q}_p$). If $\xi \in K$, we can write it in a unique way in the form $\sum a_i p^i$...
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Lines in image; are they significant to prime numbers if so how?

Amateur math question. I was playing around generating some 2D images, and wondered what it would look like if placed $P_{i}$ dots on a circle with diameter of $i$ for increasing values of $i$, where $...
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Distribution of digits of $pq$-adic idempotents (aka "automorphic numbers")

Let $p$ and $q$ be distinct primes. By the ring of $pq$-adic integers I mean the ring $\mathbb{Z}_{pq} := \varprojlim \mathbb{Z}/(pq)^n\mathbb{Z}$ which is obviously isomorphic to $\mathbb{Z}_p \...
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"Harmonacci" recurrence and identities for $\pi$

While playing with something totally irrelevant I stumbled upon the recurrence: $$a_{n+1} = \frac{1}{a_n} + a_{n-1}$$ It turns out that given $a_0 = 1, a_1 = 1$, $$lim \frac{a_{2n}}{a_{2n-1}} = \...
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Connection between Infinite continued fractions, elliptic integrals and AGM

It is known that at $x=1$, the following continued fraction represents $\frac{4}{\pi}$ and can be approximated rapidly using Gauss' Arithmetic Geometric mean. $$C(x) = x + \frac{1^{2}}{2x + \frac{3^{...
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Persistent homology of Gaussian fields in Euclidean space

If you generate points in $\mathbb R^n$ via a process that respects a Gaussian normal distribution, then compute the persistent homology / barcodes, to my eye something fairly regular seems to be ...
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Experimental mathematics: how are floating point equations discovered/converted to exact equations?

the 2005 AMS article/survey on experimental mathematics[1] by Bailey/Borwein mentions many remarkable successes in the field including new formulas for $\pi$ that were discovered via the PSLQ ...
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Can pure mathematics harness citizen science?

Having just finished Michael Nielsen's book "Reinventing Discovery", I find myself wondering if there are ways that pure mathematics research can engage the public in the way that GalaxyZoo or Foldit ...
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What is the theoretical interest of finding closed-form solutions of infinite series?

I was reading this when I came across Gourevitch's conjecture. My understanding is that solutions to these series are of practical interest. If one encounters such a series, being able to solve it ...
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