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In number theory, a semiperfect number or pseudoperfect number is a natural number n that is equal to the sum of all or some of its proper divisors. A semiperfect number that is equal to the sum of all its proper divisors is a perfect number.

The first few semiperfect numbers are

6, 12, 18, 20, 24, 28, 30, 36, 40, ... (sequence A005835 in OEIS)


Every multiple of a semiperfect number is semiperfect. A semiperfect number that is not divisible by any smaller semiperfect number is a primitive semiperfect number.
Every number of the form 2mp for a natural number m and a prime number p such that p < 2m + 1 is also semiperfect.
In particular, every number of the form 2m-1(2m-1) is semiperfect, and indeed perfect if 2m-1 is a Mersenne prime.
The smallest odd semiperfect number is 945 (see, e.g., Friedman 1993).
A semiperfect number is necessarily either perfect or abundant. An abundant number that is not semiperfect is called a weird number.
With the exception of 2, all primary pseudoperfect numbers are semiperfect.
Every practical number that is not a power of two is semiperfect.


Friedman, Charles N. (1993). "Sums of divisors and Egyptian fractions". Journal of Number Theory 44 (3): 328–339. doi:10.1006/jnth.1993.1057. MR1233293.
Guy, Richard K. (2004). Unsolved Problems in Number Theory. Springer-Verlag. ISBN 0-387-20860-7. OCLC 54611248. Section B2.
Sierpiński, Wacław (1965). "Sur les nombres pseudoparfaits" (in French). Mat. Vesn., N. Ser. 2 17: 212–213.

External links

Weisstein, Eric W., "Pseudoperfect Number" from MathWorld.

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