mersenneforum.org  

Go Back   mersenneforum.org > Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search > News

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 2008-09-27, 13:01   #815
davieddy
 
davieddy's Avatar
 
"Lucan"
Dec 2006
England

6,451 Posts
Default Another analogy

The "expected" ratio of successive exponents is
conjectured to be ~1.47.
The probability of having to wait that long is 1/e
So there is a 50% probability of finding another Mersenne prime
before the exponent has inceased by a ratio of ~1.3
(exact value is a not difficult exercise left to the reader)

Since M40, GIMPS has enjoyed a run of 6 "heads" in a row.
I think that puts an accurate complexion on RDS'
"very very very very lucky streak" comment.

David
davieddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-27, 17:51   #816
drake2
 
Aug 2005

24 Posts
Unhappy Press writers mathematical prowess.

Anyone notice the Associated Press and Fox News changed the number of digits in the 45th known Mersenne prime to 13,000,000 from 12,978,189 digits. They also called it the "46th known Mersenne prime" and wrote 2P-1 instead of (2^P)-1 . Also, United Press International has the headline "46th Prime Number".

I believe Mr. Silverman may be failing the world at his crusade on mathematical preciseness. Oh well, keep it up and maybe math education will improve some time in the future.
drake2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-27, 18:01   #817
Brian-E
 
Brian-E's Avatar
 
"Brian"
Jul 2007
The Netherlands

5·653 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by davieddy View Post
The "expected" ratio of successive exponents is
conjectured to be ~1.47.
The probability of having to wait that long is 1/e
So there is a 50% probability of finding another Mersenne prime
before the exponent has inceased by a ratio of ~1.3
(exact value is a not difficult exercise left to the reader)

Since M40, GIMPS has enjoyed a run of 6 "heads" in a row.
I think that puts an accurate complexion on RDS'
"very very very very lucky streak" comment.

David
Perhaps you should say 6 "heads" in a row using a slightly weighted coin which rather more frequently lands as "tails". It's definitely fairly surprising if we believe the conjectured distribution of the Mersenne primes and perhaps the recent lucky streak gives the GIMPS project some further genuine value in that any further finds in the coming years might start raising some serious questions about the truth of the conjectured distribution.
Brian-E is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-27, 18:05   #818
ixfd64
Bemusing Prompter
 
ixfd64's Avatar
 
"Danny"
Dec 2002
California

7×331 Posts
Default

It took some time, but we finally got mentioned by the AP!

http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5j...LCJdwD93F5DT01
ixfd64 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-27, 19:18   #819
davieddy
 
davieddy's Avatar
 
"Lucan"
Dec 2006
England

6,451 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Brian-E View Post
Perhaps you should say 6 "heads" in a row using a slightly weighted coin which rather more frequently lands as "tails".
I left the precise "50% tipping ratio" as an exercise for the reader
with the sole intention of using an unbiassed coin

Last fiddled with by davieddy on 2008-09-27 at 19:18
davieddy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-27, 21:59   #820
philmoore
 
philmoore's Avatar
 
"Phil"
Sep 2002
Tracktown, U.S.A.

22·32·31 Posts
Default

Our local paper, The Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon picked up the L.A. Times article on A.P:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
although the summary in the print version of the paper was condensed a bit from this version.
philmoore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-27, 23:11   #821
cheesehead
 
cheesehead's Avatar
 
"Richard B. Woods"
Aug 2002
Wisconsin USA

22·3·599 Posts
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by philmoore View Post
Our local paper, The Register-Guard of Eugene, Oregon picked up the L.A. Times article on A.P:
http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT
Yep, listed in the science section right under CERN's melting magnets: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/fronts/...G&SECTION=HOME



Check out the next article, too: a new distributed computing project ... but only for laptops that have built-in accelerometers. Take a guess before you look!

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...09-25-17-46-38

Last fiddled with by cheesehead on 2008-09-27 at 23:18
cheesehead is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-27, 23:24   #822
jinydu
 
jinydu's Avatar
 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48

2×3×293 Posts
Default

Front page of yahoo.com

Quote:
Originally Posted by http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080927/ap_on_fe_st/prime_number_prize
LOS ANGELES - Mathematicians at UCLA have discovered a 13-million-digit prime number, a long-sought milestone that makes them eligible for a $100,000 prize.
PAID POLITICAL ADVERTISEMENT

The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system running a different algorithm.

"We're delighted," said UCLA's Edson Smith, the leader of the effort. "Now we're looking for the next one, despite the odds."

It's the eighth Mersenne prime discovered at UCLA.

Primes are numbers like three, seven and 11 that are divisible by only two whole positive numbers: themselves and one.

Mersenne primes — named for their discoverer, 17th century French mathematician Marin Mersenne — are expressed as 2P-1, or two to the power of "P" minus one. P is itself a prime number. For the new prime, P is 43,112,609.

Thousands of people around the world have been participating in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, or GIMPS, a cooperative system in which underused computing power is harnessed to perform the calculations needed to find and verify Mersenne primes.

The $100,000 prize is being offered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for finding the first Mersenne prime with more than 10 million digits. The foundation supports individual rights on the Internet and set up the prime number prize to promote cooperative computing using the Web.

The prize could be awarded when the new prime is published, probably next year.

___

Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	GIMPS on Yahoo.jpg
Views:	82
Size:	195.2 KB
ID:	2752  

Last fiddled with by jinydu on 2008-09-27 at 23:36
jinydu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-27, 23:29   #823
jinydu
 
jinydu's Avatar
 
Dec 2003
Hopefully Near M48

2×3×293 Posts
Default

and msn.com

Quote:
Originally Posted by http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26914730/?GT1=43001
LOS ANGELES - Mathematicians at UCLA have discovered a 13-million-digit prime number, a long-sought milestone that makes them eligible for a $100,000 prize.

The group found the 46th known Mersenne prime last month on a network of 75 computers running Windows XP. The number was verified by a different computer system running a different algorithm.

"We're delighted," said UCLA's Edson Smith, the leader of the effort. "Now we're looking for the next one, despite the odds."
Story continues below ↓advertisement

It's the eighth Mersenne prime discovered at UCLA.

Primes are numbers like three, seven and 11 that are divisible by only two whole positive numbers: themselves and one.

Mersenne primes — named for their discoverer, 17th-century French mathematician Marin Mersenne — are expressed as 2P-1, or two to the power of "P" minus one. P is itself a prime number. For the new prime, P is 43,112,609.

Thousands of people around the world have been participating in the Great Internet Mersenne Prime Search, or GIMPS, a cooperative system in which underused computing power is harnessed to perform the calculations needed to find and verify Mersenne primes.

Click for related content
Math wizards map 248-dimensional object
Cosmic Log: Math classic jumps off the page
Russian refuses to accept math prize

The $100,000 prize is being offered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation for finding the first Mersenne prime with more than 10 million digits. The foundation supports individual rights on the Internet and set up the prime number prize to promote cooperative computing using the Web.

Large prime numbers serve as the foundation for the cryptological techniques used to keep online transactions and coded communications secure — although the current generation of crypto codes doesn't require numbers quite as big as the one discovered by UCLA.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's prize could be awarded to the researchers when the new prime is published, probably next year.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	GIMPS on MSN.jpg
Views:	69
Size:	193.2 KB
ID:	2753  

Last fiddled with by jinydu on 2008-09-27 at 23:34
jinydu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-28, 00:14   #824
jrk
 
jrk's Avatar
 
May 2008

21058 Posts
Default

"2P-1"



They likely copy&pasted it from some text that used super script and lost the formatting.

That doesn't excuse the mistake, though.

You ever wonder just how often the news is wrong about things you aren't familiar with (so wouldn't know it is wrong), because you see how often they are wrong on things that you do know something about?
jrk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 2008-09-28, 01:22   #825
ADBjester
 
Aug 2002

111102 Posts
Default

Foxnews.com

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,429201,00.html

(AP regurgitation, with apologies to Ernst)
ADBjester is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
(New ?) Wagstaff/Mersenne related property T.Rex Wagstaff PRP Search 6 2019-11-23 22:46
Holy Speedup, Batman! R.D. Silverman NFSNET Discussion 4 2008-10-02 01:28
Holy Beaverpotamus, Batman! ewmayer Science & Technology 4 2008-03-14 19:19
holy tethered cow! new Mersenne prime? (M43-related) ixfd64 News 265 2006-01-04 09:47
Mersenne prime related shirts and other items adpowers Lounge 40 2004-08-12 22:05

All times are UTC. The time now is 13:16.

Tue Nov 24 13:16:47 UTC 2020 up 75 days, 10:27, 4 users, load averages: 1.14, 1.38, 1.66

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

This forum has received and complied with 0 (zero) government requests for information.

Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.
A copy of the license is included in the FAQ.