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In analytic number theory, Dickman's function is a special function used to estimate the proportion of smooth numbers up to a given bound.## Definition

The Dickman-de Bruijn function $rho(u)$ is a continuous function that satisfies the delay differential equation
## Applications

## Estimation

A first approximation might be $rho(u)approx\; u^\{-u\}.,$ A better estimate is

## Computation

For each interval $[n-1,\; n]$ with n an integer, there is an analytic function $rho\_n$ such that $rho\_n(u)=rho(u)$. For 0 ≤ $u$ ≤ 1, $rho(u)\; =\; 1$. For 1 ≤ $u$ ≤ 2, $rho(u)\; =\; 1-log\; u$. For 2 ≤ $u$ ≤ 3,
_{2} the dilogarithm. Other $rho\_n$ can be calculated using infinite series.## Extension

Bach and Peralta define a two-dimensional analog $sigma(u,v)$ of $rho(u)$. This function is used to estimate a function $Psi(x,y,z)$ similar to de Bruijn's, but counting the number of y-smooth integers with at most one prime factor greater than z. Then
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Dickman's function is named after actuary Karl Dickman, who defined it in his only mathematical publication. Its properties were later studied by the Dutch mathematician Nicolaas Govert de Bruijn;, so some sources call it the Dickman-de Bruijn function.

- $urho\text{'}(u)\; +\; rho(u-1)\; =\; 0,$

- $Psi(x,\; x^\{1/a\})sim\; xrho(a),$

V. Ramaswami of Andhra University later gave a rigorous proof that $Psi(x,x^\{1/a\})$ was asymptotic to $rho(a)$, along with the error bound

- $Psi(x,x^\{1/a\})=xrho(a)+mathcal\{O\}(x/log\; x)$

The main purpose of the Dickman-de Bruijn function is to estimate the frequency of smooth numbers at a given size. This can be used to optimize various number-theoretical algorithms, and can be useful of its own right.

It can be shown using $logrho$ that

- $Psi(x,y)=xu^\{O(-u)\}$

The Golomb–Dickman constant has an alternate definition in terms of the Dickman-de Bruijn function.

- $rho(u)simfrac\{1\}\{xisqrt\{2pi\; x\}\}cdotexp(-xxi+operatorname\{Ei\}(xi))$

- $e^xi-1=xxi.,$

A simple upper bound is $rho(x)le1/x!.$

$u$ | $rho(u)$ |
---|---|

1 | 1 |

2 | 3.0685282 |

3 | 4.8608388 |

4 | 4.9109256 |

5 | 3.5472470 |

6 | 1.9649696 |

7 | 8.7456700 |

8 | 3.2320693 |

9 | 1.0162483 |

10 | 2.7701718 |

- $rho(u)\; =\; 1-(1-log(u-1))log(u)\; +\; operatorname\{Li\}\_2(1\; -\; u)\; +\; frac\{pi^2\}\{12\}$.

An alternate method is computing lower and upper bounds with the trapezoidal rule; a mesh of progressively finer sizes allows for arbitrary accuracy. For high precision calculations (hundreds of digits), a recursive series expansion about the midpoints of the intervals is superior.

- $Psi(x,x^\{1/a\},x^\{1/b\})sim\; xsigma(b,a).,$

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