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Title:  Uniform Distribution, Behrend Sequences, and Some Spaces of Arithmetic Functions 
Author(s):  Hill, Christopher Brooks 
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):  Hildebrand, A.J. 
Department / Program:  Mathematics 
Discipline:  Mathematics 
Degree Granting Institution:  University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign 
Degree:  Ph.D. 
Genre:  Dissertation 
Subject(s):  Mathematics 
Abstract:  This work is comprised of three investigations, each relating to the concept of a density test set. We define a density test set to be a set S of positive integers greater than 1 so that if a set A of positive integers contains the same fraction of all positive multiples of s for each s in S, then A contains the fraction s of all positive integers. The first investigation relates density test sets to uniform distribution modulo 1, leading to conditions under which the uniform distribution of certain subsequences of a sequence of real numbers in [0,1) implies the uniform distribution of the underlying sequence. These conditions strengthen a result of G. Myerson and A. D. Pollington, and yield a characterization of density test sets with prime elements. We conjecture that density test sets are precisely the Behrend sets. In the second investigation, Behrend sets whose elements are products of exactly two prime factors are characterized. Our result differs from the characterization obtained by I. Z. Ruzsa and G. Tenenbaum in 1996, and it verifies the above conjecture for density test sets whose elements are products of exactly two prime factors. The third investigation focuses on a transform of arithmetic functions designed so that a density test set can be defined in terms of the action of the transform on characteristic functions. The domain of the transform is the set of functions that possess Ramanujan expansions. We establish several results on the action of the transform on certain spaces of arithmetic functions considered in depth by W. Schwarz and J. Spilker, in particular the space of even functions and its uniform closure. 
Issue Date:  2000 
Type:  Text 
Language:  English 
Description:  55 p. Thesis (Ph.D.)University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, 2000. 
URI:  http://hdl.handle.net/2142/87000 
Other Identifier(s):  (MiAaPQ)AAI9990022 
Date Available in IDEALS:  20150928 
Date Deposited:  2000 
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