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 2007-04-11, 22:06 #1 jasong     "Jason Goatcher" Mar 2005 3×7×167 Posts Could a bot be used to help the Odd Perfect Number search? I remember reading somewhere that a lot of the proofs utilized in the Odd Perfect Number search either have been, or will be checked by a machine. I'm wondering if it were possible to make a program to track progress. It would start from zero, be given a few rules as to how far into the "search space" it could go(so things don't get out of hand) and could accept factorizations to extend it's work. As a mentally ill person, I have a lot of time on my hands, and I am very eager to find out what I need to learn to accomplish this task. If I feel it's doable, I'll actually have something to look forward to, because at the moment my life doesn't have a lot of direction. What type of math skills are needed to understand this? I took College Algebra and did fairly well. I bought a few number theory books, but the sigma symbol is something I've never learned about. If anyone could recommend some books to read to teach myself about the sigma symbol, that would be great, especially school books that have the answers in the back.
 2007-04-13, 01:52 #2 jasong     "Jason Goatcher" Mar 2005 1101101100112 Posts Upon further reflection, while I may do this at some point, the odds of everything falling into place are probably below 1%. Sorry for insane post.

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