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Is the Time Complexity of Trial Division Exponential? [duplicate]

I know that there is already a similar question asked on here, but after reading the wiki page on trial division, I am confused, and the other answer doesn't help. The wiki page states that when doing ...
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What is the complexity of this prime trial division algorithms?

I have two algorithms. What are their time complexities? The first algorithm checks the modulo of all odd integers from $3,5,...\sqrt{n}$. The second algorithm generates a list of prime from $2,3...,\...
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Sieve of Eratosthenes vs. Sieve of Sundaram

Relevant Information: Sieve of Eratosthenes Sieve of Sundaram Suppose I want to generate all primes in [2,n], and I have both of these algorithms at my disposal to ...
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Coprimes satisfying a pair

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 $q$ ...
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Min no.of operations required to convert an array to which it should contain elements of equal frequency

I have come across this tricky problem. An array of N elements should be converted to another array within k operations such ...
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Complexity of brute force primality test in the number of digits

I'm wondering how to express the complexity of a brute force primality testing algorithm in the number of digits the number under test has. The brute force algorithm just checks whether $n$ is prime ...
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When is the AKS primality test actually faster than other tests?

I am trying to get an idea of how the AKS primality test should be interpreted as I learn about it, e.g. a corollary for proving that PRIMES ⊆ P, or an actually practical algorithm for primality ...
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Is Mersenne primality testing necessarily EXPTIME?

The computational complexity of primality testing is usually specified in relation to the bit length of the number being tested. However, Mersenne numbers have the special property that the ...
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Listing all prime numbers less than an integer N

I am trying to solve this problem listing all prime numbers less than an integer but using the smallest amount of memory. Is it possible to solve this problem using a smaller amount of memory? <...
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Randomly Choosing a N-Bit Prime

I've been studying some number theory, and I came across this problem: Lagrange’s prime number theorem states that as N increases, the number of primes less than $N$ is $Θ(N/ log(N))$. ...
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The time complexity of the Wikipedia version of Pollards $(p-1)$ algorithm

I am trying to understand the runtime of Pollard's $(p-1)$-algorithm as presented on Wikipedia. There the author writes that it takes $\mathcal{O}(B\log B\log^2n)$ time, but I do not see why. Here ...
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Determining number of elements divisible by at least one prime of set

I have an array ($|A|\leq 10^6$) of numbers ($A_i\leq10^6$) and a set of prime numbers. I have to find the count of the elements in the array that are divisible by at least one of the numbers in the ...
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Logarithmic run time for calculating prime numbers?

Here's the function I'm currently analyzing. I know it's not the most optimal but I'm not understanding the $\theta()$ of this algorithm. I've been told that it's not actually $\theta(n)$ but instead ...
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What is the complexity of checking whether an integer $n \geq 2$ is expressible in the form $a^b$ where $a, b \in \mathbb{N}$?

I am currently studying the paper Primes is in P and have a question regarding 5 section of this paper. Line 1 of the algorithm (on page 3) requires the following operation to be performed ...
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Why is the complexity of factorial a function of n?

When we compute the complexity of calculating factorial of a number $n$ why is it in terms of $n$ instead of the number of the number of bits occupied by the number of bits occupied by $n$ (like we do ...
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Is finding all primes less than n, doable in polynomial time?

Bear in mind I'm almost a complete noob at complexity theory. I was reading about how AKS Primality shows that numbers of size n can be shown to be prime or composite in polynomial time. Given that, ...
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Algorithm for checking if a list of integers is pairwise coprime

Are thre any efficient algorithms for checking if a list of integers is pairwise coprime, or would a more general algorithm be the best option available?
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Dijkstra's Notes on Structured Programming - concerning the program to compute first 1000 prime numbers

In his "Notes on Structured Programming" essay, E. W. Dijkstra gives an example of a program that computes the first 1000 primes (Section 9. "A First Example of Step-Wise Program Composition"). The ...
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Show a sequence of distinct Primes number is O(log n)

Suppose I have a sequence: $$n = \prod_{i=1}^{r(n)} p_i^{d_i}$$ for some primes $p_1 < p_2 < \dots < p_{r(n)}$, and each $d_i \geq 1$ an integer. The function $r(n)$ denotes the number of ...
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What is the big-$\Omega$ complexity of Fermat's Little Theorem?

Fermat's Little Theorem states that if an integer $n$ is prime them $$ a^n \equiv a \pmod n \hspace{10mm} (*) $$ for any $a \in \mathbb{N}$ My question is, is it correct to say that testing $(*)$ for ...
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Primality testing: Why is dividing a number $n$ by every integer between 2 and $\sqrt{n}$ an inefficient test?

In the paper "PRIMES is in P" the following is said (page 1): Let PRIMES denote the set of all prime numbers. The definition of prime numbers already gives a way of determining if a number $n$ is ...
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developing a Turing Machine that checks for powers of 2

I want to write a Turing machine which checks for unary powers of 2 but without the use 0s, only accepting as input a series of 1s and dashes. I do not know of a sequence of states which would allow ...
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How to compute all primes between upto $n$ in time $O(n)$ time?

Suppose that I want to compute all the prime numbers between 2 and $n$. The natural way or most obvious way to do so is given below. Let $A$ is an array contain the numbers from $1$ to $n$. For $j=2$ ...
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Time complexity of finding an integer between $x$ and $2x$

Consider receiving as input $x\in\mathbb N$ and computing some (any) prime $p\in[x,2x]$. What is the complexity of the above problem? A natural way to approach this problem is to generate random ...
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What should I do if I think I wrote an algorithm that is _generally_ faster than Atkin Sieve? [closed]

I've been having some fun with prime numbers. A few months ago I sat down to see if I could write something that could compete with Atkin Sieve and ended up with an algorithm that, on my local tests ...
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Why Miller–Rabin instead of Fermat primality test?

From the proof of Miller-Rabin, if a number passes the Fermat primality test, it must also pass the Miller-Rabin test with the same base $a$ (a variable in the proof). And the computation complexity ...
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Data compression using prime numbers

I have recently stumbled upon the following interesting article which claims to efficiently compress random data sets by always more than 50%, regardless of the type and format of the data. Basically ...
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Is this a Fruitful Primality Testing scheme?

Today I had an insight into an alternative deterministic algorithm for testing the primality of a number. I want to know if this algorithm is useful, and worth pursuing. I'll describe the idea behind ...
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More details about the Baillie–PSW test

It's clear that Mathematica uses the Baillie–PSW test for its PrimeQ function (which tests primality), and as I read in the Mathematica documentation, it starts with trial division, then base 2 ...
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Algorithm which finds the maxmal solution that satisfies the following constraints

I have $a_1, a_2,\dots,a_n$ and $b_1,b_2,\dots,b_n$ and an upper bound $U$ and $n$ linear equations of the form: $k_1 * a_1 + b_1 = x$ $k_2 * a_2 + b_2 = x$ $\dots$ $k_n * a_n + b_n = x$ ...
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AKS primality test- Lemma 4.3, not following

I'm reading the AKS primality test paper as it is found here. I'm confused about a statement in Lemma 4.3: "Note that $(r, n)$ cannot be divisible by all the prime divisors of $r$ since otherwise $r$...
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Why some state that Primes is in NP? [duplicate]

Why some books state that Primes is a NP problem if, as a decidibility problem, it can be solved in polynomial time? A simple example: A number can has its primality tested by dividing it by all ...
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minimize sum of primes with a lower bound on product

I can't quite figure out an algorithm for this: Given some integer n, what subset of the primes (so no repeats) would yield the lowest possible sum if their product is at least n? Example: 6 -> 2*3, ...
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Design a Turing Machine Checking if power is prime

I have to design a Turing Machine to do the following, but I don't really know where to start with this question. Any help would be very much appreciated. I should design a Turing Machine accepting ...
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Given a prime power, is it possible to efficiently compute the prime

Suppose that I am given as input the number $p^i$ for some prime $p$ and some positive integer $i$. I wish to find $p$ and $i$. Is there an algorithm to do this that works in time polynomial in the ...
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Efficiently computing the smallest integer with n divisors

In order to tackle this problem I first observed that $$\phi(p_1^{e_1} \space p_2^{e_2} \cdots \space p_k^{e_k}) = (e_1 + 1)(e_2 + 1)\cdots(e_k +1)$$ Where $\phi(m)$ is the number of (not ...
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Hash function to hash 6-digit positive integers

Let UID denote a unique identifier. UID's are represented as 6-digit positive integers. I want to insert a collection of UID's in a hash table with $M$ buckets, where $M$ is a prime number (for ...
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Modifications to speed up the AKS primality proving

It is clear that AKS primality proving is the newest one, but as the results show it is not the fastest one. When I try the 9 digits long prime number it consume about 6 minutes to give you the ...
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Average runtime of naive primality test

The naive prime test goes something like this: is_prime(n): for(i=2; i<=sqrt(n); ++i): if n mod i == 0 : return false return true If $n$ is ...
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What is the fastest to find just smallest prime number to a given number N where N can be as large as 10^18?

During a programming contest I was asked to find just smallest prime number to given number N. As Sieve cannot be used and brute force also doesn't work. So, I was wondering is there any other faster ...
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Finding coprimes closest to a certain target

Given an input $m$, I am trying to find an algorithm that will give me the number $p$ that is closest to $\tfrac47 m$ and co-prime with $m$. Where $m$ is odd, I have no problem producing an outcome ...
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Express a number as a sum of consecutive primes (How many ways?)

I found this problem on codeforces in an ACM archive. Given a number $n$, find the number possible of ways of expressing that number as a sum of consecutive primes. Example : Given $n = 41$: $41 = ...
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Is the given language decidable for turing machine?

I am going through undecidability of TM and found this question $L=\left \{ \left \langle M \right \rangle |M\ is\ TM \ and \ number\ of\ strings\ in\ the\ language\ \ is\ prime\right \}$ I think it ...
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Complexity-theoretic difficult of checking the value of $\pi(x)$?

The prime-counting function, demoted $\pi(x)$, is defined as the number of prime numbers less than or equal to $x$. We can define a decision problem from $\pi(x)$ as follows: Given two numbers $x$ ...
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Determine nth prime number in O(?)

If f(n) is the problem to determine the nth prime number, how fast can this be done, i.e. What is the fastest known algorithm to find the nth prime number? What are lower bounds for the time ...
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Why is it best to use a prime number as a mod in a hashing function?

If I have a list of key values from 1 to 100 and I want to organize them in an array of 11 buckets, I've been taught to form a mod function $$ H = k \bmod \ 11$$ Now all the values will be placed ...
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I have a problem understanding a solution for number theory problem from SPOJ [closed]

Problem statement can be found here or down below. The solution which I'm trying to understand can be found here or down below. Problem Statement. Peter wants to generate some prime numbers for his ...
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Reference Request: Factorization of PseudoPrimes?

Is there any literature/survey/papers/books regarding the factorization of Strong PseudoPrimes (wrt. to a given base). I am aware of the fact that weak Pseudo Primes can be factorized in Polynomial ...
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What is the time complexity of checking if a number is prime?

Could some one please explain how to get the time complexity of checking if a number is prime? I'm really confused as to if it is $O(\sqrt{n})$ or $O(n^2)$. I iterate from $i=2$ to $\sqrt{n}$ and ...
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Is the prime factorization problem not an instance of the change making problem?

When using as the set of coins all logarithms of the prime numbers or numbers in general, and when using the logarithm of the number to be factored. The problem is just finding the logarithms that can ...