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An arithmetic van der Corput trick and the polynomial van der Waerden theorem

The van der Corput difference theorem (or trick) was develop (unsurprisingly) by van der Corput, and deals with uniform distribution of sequences in the torus. Theorem 1 (van der Corput trick) Let be a sequence in a torus . If … Continue reading

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Hales-Jewett and a generalized van der Warden Theorems

The Hales-Jewett theorem is one of the most fundamental results in Ramsey theory, implying the celebrated van der Waerden theorem on arithmetic progressions, as well an its multidimensional and IP versions. One interesting property of the Hales-Jewett’s theorem is that … Continue reading

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Double van der Waerden

— 1. Introduction — In a previous post I presented a proof of van der Waerden’s theorem on arithmetic progressions: Theorem 1 (van der Waerden, 1927) Consider a partition of the set of the natural numbers into finitely many pieces … Continue reading

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Hales-Jewett Theorem

— 1. Introduction — One of the earliest posts I wrote on this blog contained a proof of the van der Waerden’s Theorem on arithmetic progressions. That proof was topological in nature and illustrated the interesting relation between some problems … Continue reading

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Covering the natural numbers with generalized arithmetic progressions

In this short post I will present some curious facts I came across recently. Given a real number construct the set , where, as usual, denotes the floor function. Note that if is an integer, then is an (infinite) arithmetic … Continue reading

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