20080113, 22:08  #1 
"Jason Goatcher"
Mar 2005
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Cullen and Woodall altering on Prime Pages
Okay, I understand that if a k in k*2^n+/1 is even than k can be halved and n increased by one. But since Cullen and Woodall numbers are based on the idea that k and n are the same number, doesn't Prime Pages policy defeat the purpose of the people doing the search in the first place?

20080115, 21:50  #2  
"Brian"
Jul 2007
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What is this Prime Pages policy? Brian. 

20080116, 10:30  #3  
"Jason Goatcher"
Mar 2005
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With Prime Pages, they've noted that if k is even, then k*2^n+1=(k/2)*2^(n+1)+1. This is normally a fabulous simplification. The problem is the whole point of the Cullen and Woodall projects is that k and n are the same number, when you do the math trick, it's just a regular equation. If there's something quirky about an equation, and simplifying takes away the obviousness of the quirkiness, than you've defeated the whole point of finding it in the first place. Last fiddled with by jasong on 20080116 at 10:31 

20080116, 10:54  #4 
"Brian"
Jul 2007
The Netherlands
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But isn't the point of the exercise to factorise the Cullen and Woodall numbers and to find the very rare primes, not to discover the alternative representations of the numbers?
Edit: Ah, are you wondering why Prime Pages doesn't list the numbers with the k equal to the n? I think because it lists other numbers of the form k*2^n +/ 1 which are not Cullen/Woodall as well, and the policy is to "simplify" all such numbers so that n is as large as possible. This makes it indeed less simplelooking in the case of the special Cullen/Woodall, but by standardising in that way they make it less likely that someone will make a mistake by analysing a number which has in fact already been tested but written in a different form. Last fiddled with by BrianE on 20080116 at 11:04 Reason: Suddenly guessed what you are getting at. 
20080117, 06:02  #5 
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To be fair, Prime Pages' prime (pardon the pun) purpose is to act as a repository of top primes. It is always a good idea to "normalize" the expression of a prime to a standard form so that you don't end up with multiple representations of the same prime.
The secondary purpose of classifying the primes is achieved thru the archival tags. IMO, these policies are entirely appropriate for a catalog such as this. I can see why seeing the original "nonnormalized" representation might be useful, but I just don't think it is prime page's responsibility. 
20080118, 01:23  #6  
"Jason Goatcher"
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20080118, 08:16  #7  
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Paul Last fiddled with by xilman on 20080118 at 08:16 Reason: Why not? 

20080124, 00:11  #8  
"Jason Goatcher"
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20080124, 14:01  #9  
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Simplify. 

20080125, 01:51  #10 
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