I thought I would post some results of my limited studies of
Sierpinski/ Riesel series in bases other than 2,3,4 and 5. Some of you
with efficient programming should be able to take this study further.
Here in Bangladesh I am unable to access my Maple software, which
would have speeded things up a lot.
Some of you might have seen recent Yahoo postings relating to the
hypothesis that there is a covering set for every base for both Riesel
and Sierpinski series. This is going to be difficult to prove as such,
but certainly it seems very likely. I am likely to move my research to
the special base form base=2^n-1, where I need to find a covering set
in principle for all values and these may not be easy to find.
Anyway here is information on bases 6 to 18:
Will need a lot of work a covering set, repeating every 12 n is
[7,13,31,37,43]. Lowest Sierpinski and Reisel candidates not known.
But neither can be greater than 4488211.
Another possible covering set, with repeat of 12 is [7,43,37,31,97]
Totally horrible. Possible covering set with repeat every 24 n is
[19,5,43,1201,13,181,193,73], also 5 other sets perming 73, 193 and 409.
Sierpinski and Riesel numbers are both lower than 162643669672445
Work is needed to find a low k value which is Riesel or Sierpinski.
Covering set [3,5,13] covering every 4 n. The corresponding Sierpinski
number is 47, but it is not proven for the small fact that k=1 is
known not to have small primes. (Think about it: 8^n+1= 2^3n+1
For Reisel k=112 looks the most likely candidate. A prime needs to be
found however for k=14
Covering set every 6n for [5,7,13,73]. Alternative covering set every
8 n for [5,41,17,193]. Lowest mooted Sierpinski is 2344 (k=439 is not
Sierpinski because the k is also trivial). Lowest conjectured Riesel
is 74, so should be easy to prove, but 4,16,36,64 are proving pesky.
Note 16 and 64 are subsets of 4.
Covering set every 6n is [11,37,7,13]. Lowest known non trivial
Sierpinski is 9351, lowest Riesel 10176. No work done yet to prove these.
Covering set every 6n is [3,7,19,37]. Lowest Sierpinski k is thought
to be 1490. 3 ks need to be eliminated 416, 958, 1468
Lowest Riesel is thought to be 4624. 12k's still need to be
eliminated. 62, 682, 862, 904, 1528, 2410, 2690, 3110, 3544, 3788,
Covering set every 6k is [13,157,7,19]. Lowest Sierpinski mooted to be
14600 and lowest Riesel 16329. No work on this yet.
Covering set every 3 n, [7,17,5]. Lowest Sierpinski is proven to be
132. Lowest non trivial Riesel is thought to be 302, but need to prove
k=288 is not.
With a covering set every 2n [3,5] this proves to be easy. Proven
Sierpinski and Riesel values are both proven at 4.
Horrible. A covering set is [241,113,211,17,1489,13,3877], and
Sierpinski and Riesel values are therefore less than 7330957703181619.
As bad as the base 3 problem.
Sierpinski number not known, quite complex to calculate. Covering set
[7,13,19,37,73] have 36 combinations to check Sadly the simple
covering set 7,13,17 only appears in trivial solutions. On the Riesel
side not so sad, conjectured to be 120. However n=9 is a problem, this
number is well studied as 9.16^n-1 = 9.2^(4n)-1, and no values for n
less than 207177
Covering set every 4 n, [3,5,29]. Sierpinski value of 278, the
following candidates need a prime 88,92,160,244,262. On the Riesel
side, the lowest is conjectured to be 86, with only k=44 needing to
find a prime.
Covering set every 6n is [19,13,5]. Sierpinski value is 398. 4 k
candidates seek primes 18,324,122,381. Riesel is proven to be 246
Any help anyone can give in taking this to higher bases, or proving
the mooted Sierpinskis and Riesels is welcome. Postings please to