Re: Need help with prime Test
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- Subject: [mg124921] Re: Need help with prime Test
- From: "Oleksandr Rasputinov" <oleksandr_rasputinov at ymail.com>
- Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2012 05:03:05 -0500 (EST)
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On Sat, 11 Feb 2012 20:51:53 -0000, KenR <ramsey2879 at msn.com> wrote: > I need to generate more "Ramsey" Numbers to further verify that only > prime numbers can meet the criteria. Ramsey numbers are those > generated from a simple criteria that is easy to check. I imported a > CSV list into my Mathematica version 8 to check all 30,759 numbers > that my Excel macro selected and they all turned out to be prime. That > is all that my program selected from all odd numbers from 3 to > 1,048,655, as large as my Excel program could test. I would further > test my program using my Mathematica software but I would like some > help to write the most efficient program to do the job. Right now, I > am trying to write a while loop inside a do loop but don't know how to > exit the loop before the counter becomes 0 in the case that it is > clear that P is not prime. > > The check is to do the following binary recursive sequence mod P and > check to see that the (P-1)/2 term is zero and no term prior to that > is zero. If so then I believe P should be prime based upon the results > so far. > > The test sequence is S(0) = 2, S(1) = 3, S(n) = 6*S(n-1) - S(n-2) - 6. > It appears that S((P-1)/2) is divisible by P then P is very likely > Prime, but I am interested in a test that is valid only for primes. > S((35-1)/2) is divisible by 35 but that is not the first term > divisible by 35. Only about 1/3 of the primes seem to meet the more > restricted criteria, i.e. the sequence has no term divisible by P > prior to S((P-1)/2). > > I assume that your Ramsey numbers are not the same as those usually going by that name (see e.g. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/RamseyNumber.html). Otherwise, finding such numbers is an unsolved problem in itself (although in general they are not prime). As regards the primality test, I would suggest using Mathematica's built-in primality test (the function PrimeQ). However, as stated in the documentation, "PrimeQ first tests for divisibility using small primes, then uses the Miller-Rabin strong pseudoprime test base 2 and base 3, and then uses a Lucas test. As of 1997, this procedure is known to be correct only for n < 10^16, and it is conceivable that for larger n it could claim a composite number to be prime." To this I would add that no counterexamples are currently known (e.g. 803837457453639491257079614341942108138837688287558145837488917\ 522297427376533365218650233616396004545791504202360320876656996\ 676098728404396540823292873879185086916685732826776177102938969\ 773947016708230428687109997439976544144845341155872450633409279\ 022275296229414984230688168540432645753401832978611129896064484\ 5216191652872597534901 (a strong pseudoprime to all prime bases less than 200, from http://www.trnicely.net/misc/mpzspsp.html#MB) doesn't fool PrimeQ). However, if you encounter numbers larger than 10^16 that are apparently prime and need to be completely certain of it, you can use the function ProvablePrimeQ from the PrimalityProving` package.