[seqfan] Re: A056619

Neil Sloane njasloane at gmail.com
Wed Feb 22 02:04:36 CET 2017


Robert,  Thanks for catching that error in A056619.
I guess 17 years is long enough to give it a permanent place in the OEIS,
even if it is wrong. So what I suggest is, you create a new and correct
version, and change the name of A056619 to "Erroneous version of [new
A-number]", and change the link in A023049 to point to the new version.

Fortunately that seems to be the only OEIS link to the bad version.

Best regards
Neil

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On Tue, Feb 21, 2017 at 3:49 PM, <israel at math.ubc.ca> wrote:

> A056619 is "Smallest prime with primitive root of n or 0 if no such prime
> exists." In the Crossrefs (what should probably be a Comment) says:
>
> Here the primitive root may be larger than the prime, whereas in A023049
> in may not be.
>
> and the Comment says:
>
> a(n) = 0 only for perfect squares, A000290.
> The Data has a(n) = 0 for squares < 99.
>
> Well, I agree with that for even n, because if p is an odd prime a square
> can't be a primitive root mod p. But I see no reason for that to be true
> for odd n: all odd numbers, including odd squares, are primitive roots mod
> 2. So I think a(n) should be 2, not 0, for odd squares.
>
> However, this being an old sequence, I hesitate to change the Data.  What
> do
> you suggest?
>
> Cheers,
> Robert
>
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