Pretentiously detecting power cancellation

Algebra Seminar
Monday, November 28, 2011 - 16:05
1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
006 Skiles
Emory University
Granville and Soundararajan have recently introduced thenotion of pretentiousness in the study of multiplicative functions ofmodulus bounded by 1, essentially the idea that two functions whichare similar in a precise sense should exhibit similar behavior. Itturns out, somewhat surprisingly, that this does not directly extendto detecting power cancellation - there are multiplicative functionswhich exhibit as much cancellation as possible in their partial sumsthat, modified slightly, give rise to functions which exhibit almostas little as possible. We develop two new notions of pretentiousnessunder which power cancellation can be detected, one of which appliesto a much broader class of multiplicative functions.  This work isjoint with Junehyuk Jung.