Tue, 30 Apr 2024
Brad Rodgers (Queen's University, Kingston)

Let X and H be large, and consider n ranging from 1 to X. For an arithmetic function f(n), what is the best mean square approximation of f(n) by a restricted divisor sum (a function of the sort sum_{d|n, d < H} a_d)? I hope to explain how for a wide variety of arithmetic functions, when X grows and H grows like a power of X, a solution of this problem is connected to the evaluation of random matrix integrals. The problem is connected to some combinatorial formula for computing high moments of traces of random unitary matrices and I hope to discuss this also.

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