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We know that number of coprimes less than a number can be found using Euler's totient function. But if there are two numbers $p$ and $q$ and we need to find number of numbers less than $q$ and coprime to $p$, is there any efficient method?

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  • $\begingroup$ You seem to be suggesting that computing the Euler totient function provides an easy way to find out the number of coprimes less than a number. But that's the definition of the function -- is there any known efficient way of actually computing it? $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Apr 2 at 17:19
  • $\begingroup$ yes.It is given in the article and it is easy. $\endgroup$ – Manoharsinh Rana Apr 2 at 17:30
  • $\begingroup$ It involves computing the prime factorization of the number, which isn't known to be easy. Also, I've just noticed that the article you linked is just a rip-off of Wikipedia, so I've changed that to point to the original. Please don't encourage Wikipedia rip-offs. $\endgroup$ – David Richerby Apr 2 at 18:44
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No. This is as hard as factoring, and there is no known efficient algorithm for factoring. In particular, there is a standard reduction to show that if you could compute Euler's totient function efficiently, then you could factor efficiently.

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