[en] Cantor's middle third set ; Diophantine approximation

[en] We give a heuristic argument predicting that the number N*(T) of rationals p/q on Cantor’s middle thirds set C such that gcd(p, q) = 1 and q ≤ T, has asymptotic growth O(T^{d+ε}), for d = dim C. Our heuristic is related to similar heuristics and conjectures proposed by Fishman and Simmons. We also describe extensive numerical computations supporting this heuristic. Our heuristic predicts a similar asymptotic if C is replaced with any similar fractal with a description in terms of missing digits in a base expansion. Interest in the growth of N*(T) is motivated by a problem of Mahler on intrinsic Diophantine approximation on C.