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Old 2007-05-11, 08:53   #6
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Originally Posted by jasong View Post
I'm hoping there's a way to disqualify the vast number of choices. While I don't understand modular arithmetic, except at the most basic level, I would think it could be used to disqualify numbers much more quickly than sieving each number, probably 1,000s of times more quickly.
Citrix is merely pointing out that you're missing the scale of this smallest-known Brier number. Say you rule out all but one in 10 trillion candidates... that leaves you with many trillions of k's to then test somehow. Your hope for disqualifying enough to make your idea worthwhile is what was done to establish the 27-digit Brier number as the suspected lowest (I think)... no form of exhaustive search can be completed in your lifetime, I believe.

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