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Help in this characterization of the gaps of the symmetric numerical semigroups

Before my question, some background: Definition 1: A numerical semigroup is a subsemigroup $N$ of the additive semigroup $\mathbb N$ of the non-negative integers such that $\mathbb N-N$ is ...
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Proving a binary operation on $\mathbb{Z}$ gives a semigroup

Let $x\circ y= x +y-xy, \quad (x,y) \in \mathbb{Z}$ where $\circ$ is a binary operation on $\mathbb{Z}$, prove that this is a semigroup. My Work To prove we have to check two things: $\mathbb{Z}$ ...
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hint request: counting the elements in a subset of a numerical semigroup

I'm working on a problem for an online judge and I'm stuck. I'd like a nudge in the right direction (not an outright solution, please), relevant references, theorems, etc. After reading through ...
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What are the subsemigroups of $(\mathbb N,+)?$

While trying to solve a somewhat bigger problem, I realized that I don't know what the subsemigroups of one of the most important semigroups, $(\mathbb N,+)$, are. (I assume $0\not\in\mathbb N$.) I've ...