On $q$-Quasiadditive and $q$-Quasimultiplicative Functions

  • Sara Kropf
  • Stephan Wagner
Keywords: $q$-Additive function, $q$-Quasiadditive function, $q$-Regular function, Central limit theorem


In this paper, we introduce the notion of $q$-quasiadditivity of arithmetic functions, as well as the related concept of $q$-quasimultiplicativity, which generalise strong $q$-additivity and -multiplicativity, respectively. We show that there are many natural examples for these concepts, which are characterised by functional equations of the form $f(q^{k+r}a + b) = f(a) + f(b)$ or $f(q^{k+r}a + b) = f(a) f(b)$ for all $b < q^k$ and a fixed parameter $r$. In addition to some elementary properties of $q$-quasiadditive and $q$-quasimultiplicative functions, we prove characterisations of $q$-quasiadditivity and $q$-quasimultiplicativity for the special class of $q$-regular functions. The final main result provides a general central limit theorem that includes both classical and new examples as corollaries.
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