JUCS - Journal of Universal Computer Science 9(10): 1196-1203, doi: 10.3217/jucs-009-10-1196
What is the Value of Taxicab(6)?
expand article infoCristian S. S. Calude, Elena Calude§, Michael J. Dinneen|
‡ University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand§ Institute of Information Sciences, Massey University at Albany, New Zealand| Department of Computer Science, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand
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For almost 350 years it was known that 1729 is the smallest integer which can be expressed as the sum of two positive cubes in two different ways. Motivated by a famous story involving Hardy and Ramanujan, a class of numbers called Taxicab Numbers has been defined: Taxicab(k, j, n) is the smallest number which can be expressed as the sum of j kth powers in n different ways. So, Taxicab(3, 2, 2) = 1729, Taxicab(4, 2, 2) = 635318657. Computing Taxicab Numbers is challenging and interesting, both from mathematical and programming points of view. The exact value of Taxicab(6) = Taxicab(3, 2, 6) is not known, however, recent results announced by Rathbun [R2002] show that Taxicab(6) is in the interval [10 18 , 24153319581254312065344]. In this note we show that with probability greater than 99%, Taxicab(6) = 24153319581254312065344.
Hardy-Ramanujan Number, Taxicab Number, sampling