Few sums, many products

Gy Elekes, I. Ruzsa

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Let A be a set of n real numbers such that the number of distinct twofold sums is αn. We show that the number of twofold products is ≧ cn2/(α4 log n), and the number of quotients is ≧ cn2/min (α6, α 4 log n) with some absolute constant c. For bounded α this gives the correct order of magnitude for the quotients. For sums we think that the correct order is n2/(log n)a with some a <1, perhaps with 2 log 2 - 1, as a result of Pomerance and Sárközy suggests. We also give more general inequalities for sums, products and quotients formed with different sets. The proofs use geometric tools, mainly the Szemerédi-Trotter inequality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)301-308
Number of pages8
JournalStudia Scientiarum Mathematicarum Hungarica
Volume40
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2003

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In: Studia Scientiarum Mathematicarum Hungarica, Vol. 40, No. 3, 2003, p. 301-308.

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Elekes, Gy ; Ruzsa, I. / Few sums, many products. In: Studia Scientiarum Mathematicarum Hungarica. 2003 ; Vol. 40, No. 3. pp. 301-308.
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