Mathematicial notation

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$\displaystyle \mathbb{Z}$: the integers (a unique factorisation domain).

$\mathbb{N}$: the positive integers, meaning those $>0$.

$\mathbb{P}$: the positive primes.

$\mathbb{Q}$: the rationals (a field).

$\mathbb{R}$: the reals (a field).

$\mathbb{C}$: the complex numbers (a algebraically closed and complete field).

$\mathbb{Q}_p$: the $p$-adic numbers (a complete field); also $\mathbb{Q}_0 : =\mathbb{Q}$ and $\mathbb{Q}_\infty : = \mathbb{R}$ is used sometimes.

$\mathbb{Z}_n = \mathbb{Z} / n \mathbb{Z}$: the residues $\mod n$ (a ring; a field for $n$ prime).

When $M$ is one of the sets from above, then $M^+$ denotes the numbers $>0$ (when defined), analogous for $M^-$. The meaning of $M^*$ will depend on $M$: for most cases it denotes the invertible elements, but for $\displaystyle \mathbb{Z}$ it means the nonzero integers (note that this definitions coincide in most cases). A zero in the index, like in $M_0^+$, tells us that $0$ is also included.


For a set $M$, <math>|M|=\# M$ denotes the number of elements of <math>M$.

<math>a$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Missing $ inserted.) divides $b$ (both integers) is written as $a|b$ or sometimes as $b \vdots a$. Then for $m,n \in \mathbb{Z}$, $\gcd(m,n)$ or $(m,n)$ is their [b]greatest common divisor[/b], the greatest $d \in \mathbb{Z}$ with $d|m$ and $d|n$ ($\gcd(0,0)$ is defined as $0$) and $\mathrm{lcm}(m,n)$ or $\left[ m,n\right]$ denotes their least common multiple, the smallest non-negative integer $d$ such that $m|d$ and $n|d$ . When $\gcd(m,n)=1$, one often says that $m,n$ are called "coprime".

For $n \in \mathbb{Z}^*$ to be "[b]squarefree[/b]" means that there is no integer $k>1$ with $k^2|n$. Equivalently, this means that no prime factor occurs more than once in the decomposition.

[b]factorial[/b] of $n$: $n! : = n \cdot (n-1) \cdot (n-2) \cdot ... \cdot 3 \cdot 2 \cdot 1$ [b]binomial coefficients[/b]: $\binom{n}{k} = \frac{n!}{k! (n-k)!}$

For two functions $f,g: \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{C}$ the [b]Dirichlet convolution[/b] $f*g$ is defined as $f*g(n) : = \sum_{d|n} f(d) g\left(\frac{n}{d}\right)$. A (weak) [b]multiplicative function[/b] $f: \mathbb{N} \to \mathbb{C}$ is one such that $f(a\cdot b) = f(a) \cdot f(b)$ for all $a,b \in \mathbb{N}$ with $\gcd(a,b)=1$. Some special types of such functions: [b]Euler's totient function[/b]: $\varphi (n) = \phi (n) : = \left| \{ k \in \mathbb{N} \ : \ k \leq n , \gcd(k,n) \} \right| = \left| \mathbb{Z}_n^* \right|$. [b]Möbius' function[/b]: $\mu(n): = \begin{cases} 0 \text{ iff } n \text{ is not squarefree} \\ (-1)^s \text{ where } s \text{ is the number of prime factors of } n \text{ otherwise} \end{cases}$. [b]Sum of powers of divisors[/b]: $\sigma_k(n) : = \sum_{d|n} d^k$; often $\tau$ is used for $\sigma_0$, the number of divisors, and simply $\sigma$ for $\sigma_1$.

For any $k,n \in \mathbb{N}$ it denotes $r_k(n) : = \left| \{ (a_1,a_2,...,a_k) \in \mathbb{Z}^k | \sum a_i^2 = n \} \right|$ the [b]number of representations of $n$ as sum of $k$ squares[/b].

Let $a,n$ be coprime integers. Then $ord_n(a)$, the "[b]order of $a \mod n$[/b]" is the smallest $k \in \mathbb{N}$ with $a^k \equiv 1 \mod n$.

For $n \in \mathbb{Z}^*$ and $p \in \mathbb{P}$, the [b]$p$-adic valuation $v_p(n)$[/b] can be defined as the multiplicity of $p$ in the factorisation of $n$, and can be extended for $\frac{m}{n} \in \mathbb{Q}^* , \ m,n \in \mathbb{Z}^*$ by $v_p\left( \frac{m}{n} \right) = v_p(m)-v_p(n)$. Additionally often $v_p(0) = \infty$ is used.

For any function $f$ we define $\Delta (f)(x) : = f(x+1)-f(x)$ as the (upper) finite difference of $f$. Then we set $\Delta^0(f)(x) : = f(x)$ and then iteratively $\Delta^n (f) (x) : = \Delta(\Delta^{n-1} (f)) (x)$ for all integers $n \geq 1$.

[b]Legendre symbol:[/b] for $a \in \mathbb{Z}$ and odd $p \in \mathbb{P}$ we define $\left( \frac{a}{p} \right) : = \begin{cases} 1 & \text{ when } x^2 \equiv a \mod p \text{ has a solution } x \in \mathbb{Z}_p^* \\ 0 & \text{ iff } p|a \\ -1 & \text{ when } x^2 \equiv a \mod p \text{ has no solution } x \in \mathbb{Z}_p \end{cases}$ Then the [b]Jacobi symbol[/b] for $a \in \mathbb{Z}$ and odd $n= \prod p_i^{v_i}$ (prime factorisation of $n$) is defined as: $\left( \frac{a}{n} \right) = \prod \left( \frac{a}{p_i} \right)^{v_i}$

[b]Hilbert symbol[/b]: let $v \in \mathbb{P} \cup \{ 0 , \infty \}$ and $a,b \in \mathbb{Q}_v^*$. Then \[ \left( a , b \right)_v : = \begin{cases} 1 & \text{ iff } x^2=ay^2+bz^2 \text{ has a nontrivial solution } (x,y,z) \in \mathbb{Q}_v^3 \\ -1 & \text{ otherwise} \end{cases} \] is the "Hilbert symbol of $a,b$ in respect to $v$" (nontrivial means here that not all numbers are $0$).

When $A \subset \mathbb{N}$, then we can define a [b]counting function[/b] $a(n) : = | \{ a \in A | a \leq n \}$. One special case of a counting function is the one that belongs to the primes $\mathbb{P}$, which is often called $\pi$. With counting functions, some types of densities can be defined:

[b]Lower asymptotic density[/b]: $_Ld(A) : =\liminf_{n \to \infty} \frac{a(n)}{n}$ [b]Upper asymptotic density[/b]: $_Ud(A) : =\limsup_{n \to \infty} \frac{a(n)}{n}$ [b]Asymptotic density[/b] (does not always exist): $d(A) : =\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{a(n)}{n}$ [b]Shnirelman's density[/b]: $\sigma(A) : =\inf_{n \to \infty} \frac{a(n)}{n}$ [b]Dirichlet's density[/b](does not always exist): $\delta(A) : = \lim_{s \to 1+0} \frac{\sum_{a \in A} a^{-s}}{\sum_{a \in \mathbb{N}} a^{-s}}$ $_Ld(A)$ and $_Ud(A)$ are equal iff the asymptotic density $d(A)$ exists and all three are equal then and equal to Dirichlet's density.

Often, [b]density[/b] is meant [b]in relation to some other set[/b] $B$ (often the primes). Then we need $A \subset B \subset \mathbb{N}$ with counting functions $a,b$ and simply change $n$ into $b(n)$ and $\mathbb{N}$ into $B$:

[b]Lower asymptotic density[/b]: $_Ld_B(A) : =\liminf_{n \to \infty} \frac{a(n)}{b(n)}$ [b]Upper asymptotic density[/b]: $_Ud_B(A) : =\limsup_{n \to \infty} \frac{a(n)}{b(n)}$ [b]Asymptotic density[/b] (does not always exist): $d_B(A) : =\lim_{n \to \infty} \frac{a(n)}{b(n)}$ [b]Shnirelman's density[/b]: $\sigma_B(A) : =\inf_{n \to \infty} \frac{a(n)}{b(n)}$ [b]Dirichlet's density[/b](does not always exist): $\delta_B(A) : = \lim_{s \to 1+0} \frac{\sum_{a \in A} a^{-s}}{\sum_{a \in B} a^{-s}}$ Again the same relations as above hold.

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