### Abstract

If S is an arbitrary sequence of positive integers, let P(S) be the set of all integers which are representable as a sum of distinct terms of S. Call S complete if P(S) contains all large integers, and subcomplete if P(S) contains an infinite arithmetic progression. It is shown that any sequence can be perturbed in a rather moderate way into a sequence which is not subcomplete. On the other hand, it is shown that if S is any sequence satisfying a mild growth condition, then a surprisingly gentle perturbation suffices to make S complete in a strong sense. Various related questions are also considered.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 446-455 |

Number of pages | 10 |

Journal | Journal of Number Theory |

Volume | 13 |

Issue number | 4 |

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Publication status | Published - 1981 |

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*Journal of Number Theory*,

*13*(4), 446-455. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-314X(81)90036-6

**Completeness properties of perturbed sequences.** / Burr, Stefan A.; Erdős, P.

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*Journal of Number Theory*, vol. 13, no. 4, pp. 446-455. https://doi.org/10.1016/0022-314X(81)90036-6

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