--- Jon Perry <

perry@...> wrote:

Quoting me:

> 'I expect it to drift downards so it's not well-defined.

> (or maybe it is, maybe it's zero. On average numbers have 1/eps distinct

> divisors, i.e. a divergent number. That's got to take a toll on the phi

> value. Any sample up to 300000# is puny compared with the sizes of almost

> all integers...)'

> 'Therefore the highest value you will find will be

> 1/2*2/3 = 1/3 from p=3,5,17

> and 1/3-eps from numbers with a few prime factors larger than 2 or 3 in p+1

> and p-1.'

Where the 3 was already pointed out as a typo.

> Cough, cough. You make these up, or do they come naturally?

OK John. Which of the two statements do you think is wrong?

And why?

Come on, show us the flaws, I yearn to be enlightened by your razer-sharp

mathematical quill. I'll even fill in the ellipses, if you like, as have a

feeling you're getting confused by my elision.

�10 to Oxfam for each statement you persuade me to retract. I trust you'll

reciprocate?

Phil

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The answer to life's mystery is simple and direct:

Sex and death. -- Ian 'Lemmy' Kilminster

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