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Near-misses in Wilf's conjecture

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Let S ⊆ N be a numerical semigroup with multiplicity m, conductor c and minimal generating set P. Let L = S ∩ [0, c − 1] and W(S) = |P||L| − c. In 1978, Herbert Wilf asked whether W(S) ≥ 0 always holds, a question known as Wilf's conjecture and open since then. A related number W0(S), satisfying W0(S) ≤ W(S), has recently been introduced. We say that S is a near-miss in Wilf's conjecture if W0(S) < 0. Near-misses are very rare. Here we construct infinite families of them, with c = 4m and W0(S) arbitrarily small, and we show that the members of these families still satisfy Wilf's conjecture.
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hal-01613610 , version 1 (09-10-2017)

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Shalom Eliahou, Jean Fromentin. Near-misses in Wilf's conjecture. 2017. ⟨hal-01613610⟩
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