Baillie-PSW Primality Test

Baillie and Wagstaff (1980) and Pomerance et al. (1980, Pomerance 1984) proposed a test (or rather a related set of tests) based on a combination of strong pseudoprimes and Lucas pseudoprimes. There are a number of variants, one particular version of which is given by the following algorithm (Pomerance 1984):

1. Perform a base-2 strong pseudoprime test on n. If this test fails, declare n composite and halt. If this test success, n is probably prime. Proceed to step 2.

2. In the sequence 5, -7, 9, -11, 13, ..., find the first number D for which the Jacobi symbol (D/n)=-1. Then perform a Lucas pseudoprime test with discriminant D on n. If this test fails, declare n composite. It if succeeds, n is very probably prime.

Pomerance (1984) originally offered a prize of $30 for discovery of a composite number which passes this test, but the dollar amount of the offer was subsequently raised to $620 (Guy 1994, p. 28).

No examples of composite numbers passing the test are known, and as of June 13, 2009, Jeff Gilchrist has confirmed that there are no Baillie-PSW pseudoprimes up to 10^(17). However, the elliptic curve primality proving program PRIMO checks all intermediate probable primes with this test, and if any were composite, the certification would necessarily have failed. Based on the fact that this has not occurred in three years of usage, PRIMO author M. Martin estimates that there is no composite less than about 10000 digits that can fool this test.

See also

Lucas Pseudoprime, Strong Pseudoprime

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