On an arithmetic function considered by Pillai

• [1] Mathematical Institute UNAM, Ap. Postal 61-3 (Xangari), CP 58089 Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico
• [2] Harish-Chandra Research Institute Chhatnag Road, Jhunsi Allahabad 211 019, India
• Volume: 21, Issue: 3, page 695-701
• ISSN: 1246-7405

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Abstract

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For every positive integer $n$ let $p\left(n\right)$ be the largest prime number $p\le n$. Given a positive integer $n={n}_{1}$, we study the positive integer $r=R\left(n\right)$ such that if we define recursively ${n}_{i+1}={n}_{i}-p\left({n}_{i}\right)$ for $i\ge 1$, then ${n}_{r}$ is a prime or $1$. We obtain upper bounds for $R\left(n\right)$ as well as an estimate for the set of $n$ whose $R\left(n\right)$ takes on a fixed value $k$.

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Luca, Florian, and Thangadurai, Ravindranathan. "On an arithmetic function considered by Pillai." Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux 21.3 (2009): 695-701. <http://eudml.org/doc/10905>.

@article{Luca2009,
abstract = {For every positive integer $n$ let $p(n)$ be the largest prime number $p\le n$. Given a positive integer $n=n_1$, we study the positive integer $r=R(n)$ such that if we define recursively $n_\{i+1\}=n_i-p(n_i)$ for $i\ge 1$, then $n_r$ is a prime or $1$. We obtain upper bounds for $R(n)$ as well as an estimate for the set of $n$ whose $R(n)$ takes on a fixed value $k$.},
affiliation = {Mathematical Institute UNAM, Ap. Postal 61-3 (Xangari), CP 58089 Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico; Harish-Chandra Research Institute Chhatnag Road, Jhunsi Allahabad 211 019, India},
author = {Luca, Florian, Thangadurai, Ravindranathan},
journal = {Journal de Théorie des Nombres de Bordeaux},
keywords = {Pillai function; growth of arithmetic function},
language = {eng},
number = {3},
pages = {695-701},
publisher = {Université Bordeaux 1},
title = {On an arithmetic function considered by Pillai},
url = {http://eudml.org/doc/10905},
volume = {21},
year = {2009},
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AU - Luca, Florian
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PY - 2009
PB - Université Bordeaux 1
VL - 21
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SP - 695
EP - 701
AB - For every positive integer $n$ let $p(n)$ be the largest prime number $p\le n$. Given a positive integer $n=n_1$, we study the positive integer $r=R(n)$ such that if we define recursively $n_{i+1}=n_i-p(n_i)$ for $i\ge 1$, then $n_r$ is a prime or $1$. We obtain upper bounds for $R(n)$ as well as an estimate for the set of $n$ whose $R(n)$ takes on a fixed value $k$.
LA - eng
KW - Pillai function; growth of arithmetic function
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ER -

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