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Title:A sieve auxillary function
Author(s):Bradley, David Michael
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Halberstam, Heini
Department / Program:Mathematics
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:A sieve is a device for estimating the size of a finite set of integers after certain residue classes have been eliminated. In the sieve theories of Rosser-Iwaniec and Diamond-Halberstam-Richert, the upper and lower bound sieve functions (F and f, respectively) satisfy a coupled system of differential-difference equations with retarded arguments. To aid in the study of these functions, Iwaniec introduced a conjugate difference-differential equation with an advanced argument, and gave a solution, q, which is analytic in the right half-plane. The analysis of the bounding sieve functions, F and f, is facilitated by an adjoint integral inner-product relation which links the local behaviour of F-f with that of the sieve auxiliary function, q. In addition, q plays a fundamental role in determining the sieving limit of the combinatorial sieve, and hence in determining the boundary conditions of the sieve functions, F and f. The sieve auxiliary function, q, has been tabulated previously, but these data were not supported by numerical analysis, due to the prohibitive presence of high-order partial derivatives arising from the Gauss quadrature method used. In this thesis, we develop additional representations of q. Certain of these representations lead to computational methods which are amenable to detailed error analysis. We provide this error analysis, and as a consequence, we indicate how q-values guaranteed to at least seven decimal places can be tabulated.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Bradley, David Michael
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543538
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543538

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