Questions tagged [open-problems]

If it turns out that a problem is equivalent to a known open problem, then the open-problem tag is added. After that, the question essentially becomes, "What is known about this problem? What are some possible ways to approach this problem? What are some ways that people have tried to attack it before, and with what results?"

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Torsion-freeness of two groups with 2 generators and 3 relators and Kaplansky Zero Divisor Conjecture

Let $G_1$ and $G_2$ be the groups with the following presentations: $$G_1=\langle a,b \;|\; (ab)^2=a^{-1}ba^{-1}, (a^{-1}ba^{-1})^2=b^{-2}a, (ba^{-1})^2=a^{-2}b^2 \rangle,$$ $$G_2=\langle a,b \;|\; ...
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A generalization of Frankl's conjecture?

Would it be reasonable to conjecture what follows : there is a real constant $c > 1/2$ such that, for every natural number $n$, if $X_{1}, \ldots , X_{n}$ is a union-stable family of distinct ...
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Open problems in Hopf algebras

I couldn't find a list of open problems in Hopf algebras. So my question is the following: In the theory of Hopf algebras, what are the (big) open problems? Any kind of problem/question will be ...
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If $N = qn^2$ is an odd perfect number with $\gcd(q,n)=1$, is it possible to have $q + 1 = \sigma(n)$?

The title says it all. Question If $N = qn^2$ is an odd perfect number with Euler prime $q$ and $\gcd(q,n)=1$, is it possible to have $q + 1 = \sigma(n)$? Heuristic From the Descartes spoof, ...
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The complexity of Max-K interval selection

I came up with the following problem, but do not know how to analyze it. Let $S$ be an ordered set of integers with size $n$ (i.e., $S=\{1,2,...,n\}$). An interval $INV(a,b)$ covers the elements in $...
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A strengthening of Frankl's union-closed sets conjecture?

A Frankl family is a nonempty finite family $\mathcal F$ of nonempty finite sets such that $A,B\in\mathcal F\implies A\cup B\in\mathcal F.$ Define $d_\mathcal F(x)=|\{A\in\mathcal F:x\in A\}|$ and $\...
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Why is Kronecker's Jugendtraum only for abelian extensions?

Why is Kronecker's Jugendtraum only for abelian and not for more general extensions of number fields? Wikipedia, Hilbert's Twelfth Problem.
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What are some important but still unsolved problems in mathematical logic?

In the past, first-order logic and its completeness and whether arithmetic is complete was a major unsolved issues in logic . All of these problems were solved by Godel. Later on, independence of ...
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Does every model of $I\Delta_0$ has an end extension to a model of $I\Delta_0+\Omega_1$?

Does every model of $I\Delta_0$ has an end extension to a model of $I\Delta_0+\Omega_1$? In End extensions of models of linearly bounded arithmetic paper the author said this problem is open. I want ...
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Some Questions on the Collatz conjecture (reexpressed as “equivalence relation”)

The set of all positive whole numbers is denoted by $\mathbb{N}_+$. Let $f\colon\ \mathbb{N}_+\to\mathbb{N}_+:n\mapsto \begin{cases}\frac{n}{2}&\text{$n$ even}\\3n+1&\text{$n$ odd}\end{cases}$...
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Open Problems for Undergraduates [closed]

Suppose: I am a 'problem-solver' rather than a 'theory-builder' I am an undergraduate student I have a passion for solving mathematical problems The homework I get is not satisfying (in the sense ...
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Diagonal argument for even perfect numbers

Following this, let's define the notion of perfect sequence as follows: $(u_{i})_{i}$ is a perfect sequence if and only if it is the sequence of divisors of an even perfect number in increasing order ...
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On cubic reciprocity for $x^3+y^3+z^3 = 996$?

I. The Diophantine equation, $$x^3+y^3+z^3 = 3w^3\tag1$$ with $x\geq y \geq z$ and $w=1$ has only two known solutions, namely $1,1,1$ and $4,4,-5$. Are there larger ones? As Noam Elkies points out ...
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What are some open problems regarding elliptic curves in finite fields?

I accept that my question seems so vague and broad, and I already looked into some similar questions in MO. But I would like to learn specifically about some open problems and conjectures regarding ...
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Open questions on (finite) tensor categories

I would like to know about problems on (finite) tensor categories. I have read Etingof´s notes from his course at MIT. I have a question: There exists any reference where I can find an open problem ...
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All compact surfaces $S\subseteq \mathbb{R}^3$ are rigid?

Recently I've come across a lecture in differential geometry by Fernando Codá (in portuguese!) in which he stated that the following problem is (at least, up to 2014) open: Given $S\subseteq\mathbb{...
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Looking for (information about) long diamonds

I was given an open problem as a birthday present recently. While I can probably handle spoilers at this point, what I really want are literature and other references. Also acceptable would be ...
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What is behind the Hodge conjecture? [duplicate]

My question is quite naive, and my knowledge limited on the subject. I heard lot of talks about Hodge conjecture. I wanted to ask about an intuitive way to figure out why we should care about Hodge ...
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Proposals for polymath projects

Background Polymath projects are a form of open Internet collaboration aimed towards a major mathematical goal, usually to settle a major mathematical problem. This is a concept introduced in 2009 by ...
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Progress in Guy's “Unsolved problems in Number Theory”? [closed]

I often peruse through Guy's book whenever I'm not being boggled down by my research. It crossed my mind today if any of these "unsolved problems" have become indeed solved. I thought about doing a ...
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A variant of Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry and a weak form of the Continuum Hypothesis in models where all sets of reals are Lebesgue measurable

Consider the following variant of Freiling's Axiom of Symmetry, $\mathsf{AS}$, which will be denoted $A_{< 2^{\aleph_0}}$: given any function $f$ from $\mathbb{R}$ into the families of of subsets ...
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Gerstenhaber conjecture for free loop space

I- Is the following statement still a conjecture see this article ? Conjecture (?) Let $M$ be a simply connected compact oriented $d$-manifold (smooth), then $HH^{\ast}(C^{\ast}(M))$ the Hochschild ...
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Bang's open question strengthening Tarski's planks problem

Tarski's Planks problem, solved by Thøger Bang in 1951, says (in a simplified $\mathbb{R}^2$ version) that it requires "planks" (parallel strips) of total width $\ge d$ in order to completely cover a ...
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Sets not containing the vertices of unit triangles (Question posed by Erdős)

Following this post, I have been thinking about the problem posed by Erdős, Does there exist a constant $c > 0$ such that every subset $A$ of the plane of area more than $c$ contains the ...
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Functions on [0,1] with positive fractional series coefficients and symmetric under x->1-x

Suppose a function $g(x)$ has a convergent power series expansion with real (not necessarily integer or rational) exponents on $[0,1]$ of the form $$ g(x)=\frac{1}{x^\delta}(1+\sum_{i=1}^\infty c_i x^{...
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Conway's subprime Fibonacci sequences

I want to be certain I have the latest information on Conway's subprime Fibonacci sequences, arXiv-posted a year ago; I am referencing the status in a review. To wit, starting with $(0,1)$:1 $$ 0, 1, ...
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Why is it so hard to prove Toeplitz' conjecture?

I'm a layman in mathematics, so please excuse me in advance for anything in this question that may be inappropriate :D. Well: Four years ago, I was reading (and working to solve the puzzles on) ...
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Newer list of open problems in model theory

In the book Model Theory by C. C. Chang and H. J. Keisler, there is a list of open problems in model theory. More exactly, this list is called "Open problems in classical model theory" (on page 597, ...
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Open problems in hyperplane/subspace arrangements?

What are some open problems in hyperplane/subspace arrangements, preferably of the combinatorial algebraic topology kind, and where can one read about them? That is, where are they discussed, and ...
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Open problems books [closed]

As the title might indicate , I would like to look for recommendations for mathematical book that present open problems in depth with commentary. The only book of this type that I've come across is ...
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Open problems in Banach spaces, universality

I have gathered a list of universality problems in Banach spaces which have been solved: 1.The non existence of a separable reflexive space universal for the class of separable reflexive spaces. 2....
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Open problems in continued fractions theory

I propose to collect here open problems from the theory of continued fractions. Any types of continued fractions are welcome.
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*The* open problem in General Relativity?

Q. Is there a single, clear mathematical question that has emerged as the open problem in General Relativity? I ask this on the ~100th anniversary of Einstein's (4-page!) 1915 paper, "Die ...
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What is the status on questions related to Bhargava's factorial function?

In Manjul Bhargava's The Factorial Function and Generalizations he motivates a new type of factorial $n!_S$ using by generalizing a few theorems like: For $k, l \in \mathbb{Z}$, we have $k! \times l!$...
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On Descartes / spoof odd perfect numbers

Descartes, Frenicle, and subsequently Sorli, conjectured that $k = 1$, if $N = {q^k}{n^2}$ is an odd perfect number given in Eulerian form (i.e., $q$ is prime with $q \equiv k \equiv 1 \pmod 4$ and $\...
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Are there any interesting open questions having to do with submodularity, specially in the intersection of theoretical machine learning? [closed]

I was interested in knowing about open research topics related with sub modularity, specially within its intersection with theoretical machine learning (and related topics). It seems to me that much ...
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Reference request: Research done on whether the Euler prime can be the largest factor of an odd perfect number

(Note: This was cross-posted from MSE.) I posted the following reference request in MSE three (3) days ago, but was unable to elicit any responses. I am cross-posting it to MO, hoping that it is ...
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Can any finite lattice be realized as an intermediate subgroups lattice?

Let $G$ be a finite group and $H$ a subgroup. Let $\mathcal{L}(H \subset G )$ be the lattice of all the intermediate subgroups between $H$ and $G$. Question: Can any finite lattice be realized as ...
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Open problems in Berkovich geometry

I would like to know if there is a state of the art recent reference on non-archimedean analytic spaces mentioning/listing open problems, conjectures, unresolved questions in the theory (*). I have ...
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Collection of conjectures and open problems in graph theory

Is there something similar to the Kourovka Notebook for graph theory (or anyway an organized, possibly commented, collection of conjectures and open problems)?
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Ruth-Aaron triples, etc

A Ruth-Aaron pair is two numbers $(n,n+1)$ such that their sum of prime factors is equal, counting repeated prime factors. (The name refers to Hank Aaron's 715 homeruns surpassing Babe Ruth's 714!) So ...
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Open problems in compressed sensing

What are the main open problems in compressed sensing? I am interested in theoretical as well as in numerical point of view.
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Is every projective space curve a set-theoretic intersection of two surfaces? What is known about this question?

I am sorry if this question has been already asked, couldn't find anything similar myself. I have recently recalled this long standing open problem of whether every irreducible curve in $\mathbb{P}^3(\...
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Long paths in the supercritical percolation.

I have a question on the length of the longest path, denoted by $\ell_n$, in the supercritical percolation on $[0,n]^d$, denoted by $C_n$. We know that $C_n$ has a giant component whose size is of ...
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Reduction argument from a general vertex set V(G) to a prime power in Prof. Keevash's proof on the Existence of Designs

The proof flow of the paper "On the Existence of Designs" by Prof. Keevash as I understand it is the following: -- Reduction from the general case to $V = \mathbb{F}_{p^a}$ (Lemma 6.3) -- Covering ...
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Inverted pair of complex analytic families

I read the following "problem" in an old set of notes of Morrow and Kodaira which focused on deformations of complex manifolds: Find a pair of complex analytic families $\lbrace M_t\rbrace$ and $\...
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Randomly placing nonoverlapping unit cuboids

Suppose one places unit cuboids of dimension $d$ with min-corners uniformly distributed to lie in $[0,n]^d$, but with cuboid (strict) overlap forbidden. At some point, the region is "saturated," ...
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Gauss Codes that produce classical knots as opposed to virtual knots

I have been doing some research in Gauss codes and have been reading Kauffman's paper Virtual Knot Theory. In section 3.3, Theorem 2, he states that If $K$ is a virtual knot whose underlying Gauss ...
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Does $S^4$ have a “symplecto-homeomorphic” structure?

The 4-sphere cannot be a symplectic manifold. In particular, it does not admit an atlas whose transition maps are symplectomorphisms $(\mathbb{R}^4,\omega_\text{std})\to(\mathbb{R}^4,\omega_\text{std})...
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Is the fixed point property for posets preserved by products?

Recall that a partially ordered set (poset) $P$ has the fixed point property (FPP) if any order preserving function $f:P\longrightarrow P$ has a fixed point. Theorem. Suppose $P$ and $Q$ are posets ...

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