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# Binary versus Ternary

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### Salle Grisvard, IHP, Paris

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The relation between the binary and the ternary expansion of a given positive integer or a class of integers is still not completely understood. For example, we know almost nothing about the binary expansion of powers of 3. Only recently Spiegelhofer proved a "folklore conjecture" saying that there are infinitely many $n$ with $s_2(n) = s_3(n)$, where $s_2(n)$ and $s_3(n)$ denote the binary and ternary sum-of-digits functions, respectively.

The purpose of this talk is to present a far reaching generalization of this result. It is show that the set of pairs $(s_2(n),s_3(n))$ covers almost the whole first quadrant of lattice points (only with possible gaps in the boundary region). Interestingly the proof requires a combination of techniques from analytic number theory (Gowers norms, level-of-distribution results, exponential sums) and Diophantine approximation (Baker's theorem, $p$-adic subspace theorem).

This is joint work with Lukas Spiegelhofer.

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Régis de la Bretèche

Cathy Swaenepoel

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