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# Probable primes

Probable primes are numbers which are strongly believed to be prime numbers, but may be beyond the reach of today's implemented primality algorithms.

For example, $\frac{45^{34351} - 1}{44}$, a number of almost 57000 decimal digits, is a probable prime. A number like $2^{2^{127} - 1} - 1$, on the other hand, might be prime, but it could just as easily be composite like the majority of small Mersenne numbers, and is thus not considered a probable prime.

One reason to believe with great certainty that a given number is prime is if it is certified to be a pseudoprime to many different bases. Such a number could be a Carmichael number, but given the low density of Carmichael numbers and the much higher density of prime numbers, it would be more reasonable to believe such a number to be prime.