## Lucas super-pseudoprime puzzle

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• Puzzle: Find a composite positive odd integer n that passes the Lucas test V(a,1,n) = a mod n, for every integer a. Comment: I believe that there is only one
Message 1 of 33 , May 22, 2010
Puzzle: Find a composite positive odd integer n that passes
the Lucas test V(a,1,n) = a mod n, for every integer a.

Comment: I believe that there is only one solution with n < 10^10.

David
• ... You did very much what I did. I nearly fell off the chair when I averaged everything out and saw 0.57... :-) ... Not very. Would you buy an appeal to
Message 33 of 33 , May 27, 2010
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> I tried 1/n^c:
>
> v=[1237.1, 328.7, 105.4, 28.01, 6.22 , 1.510, 0.439, 0.0939];
> print(vector(8,k,-log(v[k]/10^6)/(k+4)/log(10)));
>
> [0.5815, 0.5805, 0.5682, 0.5691, 0.5785, 0.5821, 0.5780, 0.5856]
>
> and then A/n^c, using the first datum to remove A:
>
> print(vector(7,k,-log(v[k+1]/v[1])/k/log(10)));
>
> [0.5756, 0.5348, 0.5484, 0.5747, 0.5827, 0.5750, 0.5885]
>
> In both cases c =~ Euler looks rather convincing,
> given the statistics. Well spotted, Sir!

You did very much what I did.
I nearly fell off the chair when I averaged everything out and saw 0.57... :-)

> How strongly are you committed to A = 1, for the average,
> given the variability of the overall factor with a?

Not very.
Would you buy an appeal to Occam's razor, mon vieux?

Mike
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