# Almost perfect number

Short description: Class of natural number

In mathematics, an almost perfect number (sometimes also called slightly defective or least deficient number) is a natural number n such that the sum of all divisors of n (the sum-of-divisors function σ(n)) is equal to 2n − 1, the sum of all proper divisors of n, s(n) = σ(n) − n, then being equal to n − 1. The only known almost perfect numbers are powers of 2 with non-negative exponents (sequence A000079 in the OEIS). Therefore the only known odd almost perfect number is 20 = 1, and the only known even almost perfect numbers are those of the form 2k for some positive integer k; however, it has not been shown that all almost perfect numbers are of this form. It is known that an odd almost perfect number greater than 1 would have at least six prime factors.

If m is an odd almost perfect number then m(2m − 1) is a Descartes number. Moreover if a and b are positive odd integers such that $\displaystyle{ b+3\lt a\lt \sqrt{m/2} }$ and such that 4ma and 4m + b are both primes, then m(4ma)(4m + b) would be an odd weird number.