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Factorization of floor functions of fractions

  1. Jan 13, 2016 #1
    hey so

    if you are taking a floor function of a fraction >1, is there any way to predict anything about it's factorization?

    what about when the numerator is a factorial and the denominator is made up of factors that divide said factorial but to larger exponents then those that divide the factorial?

    any info welcome
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  3. Jan 14, 2016 #2

    Stephen Tashi

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    It isn't clear what you are asking. I suggest you give some examples.
  4. Jan 14, 2016 #3
    ok. hmm...

    say you are looking at floor(B/A)

    based on B and/or A, is there anyway to determine the factors of floor(B/A)?

    specifically B will be equal to x! (x factorial for any x that is a pos int) with all common factors of A removed. A will be x-smooth, less than B, and based on the rules for B clearly coprime to B, but aside from that there are no rules set for A. Is there perhaps an A s.t. floor(B/A) will have no prime factors less than or equal to x?
  5. Jan 14, 2016 #4


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    Counterexample: Let x=4.
    B=4!=24, no factors to remove.
    Clearly coprime.

    floor(B/A)=4, which has a factor smaller than x=4.
  6. Jan 14, 2016 #5
    first off, one of the requirements of A is that it only has prime factors less then or equal to x.
    secondly, I already know that it is very possible for an example such as you have given to exist. What I want to know is:
    Are there PARAMETERS that make it impossible for floor(B/A) to have common factors with B?

    in other words
    when x is any positive integer > 3
    for A is divisible only by prime factors less then or equal to x
    for B = x! with all the prime factors shared with A divided out so that gcd(B,A) = 1
    are there any functions that satisfy the requirements of A such that the following statement always holds true:
    gcd(B, floor(B/A)) = 1
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