Functiones et Approximatio Commentarii Mathematici
- Funct. Approx. Comment. Math.
- Volume 37, Number 2 (2007), 361-376.
Cramér vs. Cramér. On Cramér's probabilistic model for primes
In the 1930's Cramér created a probabilistic model for primes. He applied his model to express a very deep conjecture about large differences between consecutive primes. The general belief was for a period of 50 years that the model reflects the true behaviour of primes when applied to proper problems. It was a great surprise therefore when Helmut Maier discovered in 1985 that the model gives wrong predictions for the distribution of primes in short intervals. In the paper we analyse this phenomen, and describe a simpler proof of Maier's theorem which uses only tools available at the mid thirties. We present further a completely different contradiction between the model and the reality. Additionally, we show that, unlike to the contradiction discovered by Maier, this new contradiction would be present in essentially all Cramér type models using independent random variables.
Funct. Approx. Comment. Math. Volume 37, Number 2 (2007), 361-376.
First available in Project Euclid: 18 December 2008
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Pintz, János. Cramér vs. Cramér. On Cramér's probabilistic model for primes. Funct. Approx. Comment. Math. 37 (2007), no. 2, 361--376. doi:10.7169/facm/1229619660. http://projecteuclid.org/euclid.facm/1229619660.