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Approximating the number of integers without large prime factors
 Mathematics of Computation
, 2004
"... Abstract. Ψ(x, y) denotes the number of positive integers ≤ x and free of prime factors>y. Hildebrand and Tenenbaum gave a smooth approximation formula for Ψ(x, y) in the range (log x) 1+ɛ
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Abstract. Ψ(x, y) denotes the number of positive integers ≤ x and free of prime factors>y. Hildebrand and Tenenbaum gave a smooth approximation formula for Ψ(x, y) in the range (log x) 1+ɛ <y ≤ x,whereɛ is a fixed positive number ≤ 1/2. In this paper, by modifying their approximation formula, we provide a fast algorithm to approximate Ψ(x, y). The computational complexity of this algorithm is O ( � (log x)(log y)). We give numerical results which show that this algorithm provides accurate estimates for Ψ(x, y) andisfaster than conventional methods such as algorithms exploiting Dickman’s function. 1.
Fast Bounds on the Distribution of Smooth Numbers
, 2006
"... Let P(n) denote the largest prime divisor of n, andlet Ψ(x,y) be the number of integers n ≤ x with P(n) ≤ y. Inthispaper we present improvements to Bernstein’s algorithm, which finds rigorous upper and lower bounds for Ψ(x,y). Bernstein’s original algorithm runs in time roughly linear in y. Our fi ..."
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Let P(n) denote the largest prime divisor of n, andlet Ψ(x,y) be the number of integers n ≤ x with P(n) ≤ y. Inthispaper we present improvements to Bernstein’s algorithm, which finds rigorous upper and lower bounds for Ψ(x,y). Bernstein’s original algorithm runs in time roughly linear in y. Our first, easy improvement runs in time roughly y 2/3. Then, assuming the Riemann Hypothesis, we show how to drastically improve this. In particular, if log y is a fractional power of log x, which is true in applications to factoring and cryptography, then our new algorithm has a running time that is polynomial in log y, and gives bounds as tight as, and often tighter than, Bernstein’s algorithm.