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Sets of integers with many solutions to a linear equation

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  • UserJames Aaronson (University of Oxford)
  • ClockThursday 17 May 2018, 14:30-15:30
  • HouseMR12.

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It is possible to prove, via a fairly elementary argument, that the number of triples x+y=z in a set of integers of given size is maximised for the set [-n/2, n/2]. Suppose we were to consider an equation with arbitrary coefficients; it turns out that we can construct examples of sets which provide a uniform lower bound on the maximal number of solutions. In this talk, we will discuss why such examples are, in some sense, optimal.

This talk is part of the Combinatorics Seminar series.

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