Decaying and non-decaying badly approximable numbers
Volume 177 / 2017
We call a badly approximable number decaying if, roughly, the Lagrange constants of integer multiples of that number decay as fast as possible. In this terminology, a question of Y. Bugeaud (2015) asks to find the Hausdorff dimension of the set of decaying badly approximable numbers, and also of the set of badly approximable numbers which are not decaying. We answer both questions, showing that the Hausdorff dimensions of both sets are equal to $1$. Part of our proof utilizes a game which combines the Banach–Mazur game and Schmidt’s game, first introduced in Fishman, Reams, and Simmons (2016).