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Primality Tests III
SolovayStrassen Test This is an enhancement of the Euler test. Be forewarned that it is in fact weaker than the RabinMiller test so it may not be of much practical interest. Nevertheless, it’s included here for completeness. Recall that to … Continue reading
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Primality Tests II
In this article, we discuss some ways of improving the basic Fermat test. Recall that for Fermat test, to test if n is prime, one picks a base a < n and checks if We also saw that this method would utterly fail … Continue reading
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Primality Tests I
Description of Problem The main problem we wish to discuss is as follows. Question. Given n, how do we determine if it is prime? Prime numbers have opened up huge avenues in theoretical research – the renowned Riemann Hypothesis, for … Continue reading
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Why Do We Need Eigenvalues and Eigenvectors?
[ Prerequisites : basic linear algebra, matrices and determinants. ] Eigenvalues and eigenvectors are often confusing to students the first time they encounter them. This article attempts to demystify the concepts by giving some motivations and applications. It’s okay if … Continue reading