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Difficulty of factoring a Gaussian integer (compared to factoring its norm)

Given a Gaussian integer $G=a+ib$, with $gcd(a,b)=1$, a well-known strategy for factoring $G$ is to first compute its norm $N(G)=a^2+b^2$, factor the norm and finally recover the correct generator ...
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Fastest way to factor integers < 2^60

I've been running a search for Mordell curves of rank >=8 for about 12 months and have identified approximately 280,000 curves in our archivable range, amongst many millions that aren't. For this ...
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Factoring Integers using Complex Integrals

Suppose $n$ is an integer and we wish to factor it. As a special case we have $n = pq$ with $p,q$ distinct primes. The problem: factoring $n$ via complex analysis tools Background I have been ...
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How divisible is the average integer?

I don't know any number theory, so excuse me if the following notions have names that I'm not using. For a positive natural number $n\in{\mathbb N}_{\geq 1}$, define $Log(n)\in{\mathbb N}$ to be ...
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Is the ring of quaternionic polynomials factorial?

Denote by $\mathbb{H}[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ the ring of polynomials in $n$ variables with quaternionic coefficients, where the variables commute with each other and with the coefficients. Two polynomials ...
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Seeking Noetherian normal domain with vanishing Picard group but not a UFD

Once again, the question says it all. My motivation is the article on factorization I am writing. I want to explain (as well as to understand!) why for normal Noetherian domains of dimension greater ...
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Evidence for integer factorization is in $P$

Peter Sarnak believes that integer factorization is in $P$. It is a well-known open problem in TCS to identify the real complexity class of integer factorization. Take a look at this link for Peter ...
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Saying things rapidly about integer factorisations

Let $N$ be a positive integer. Thanks to the Miller-Rabin test and the work of Agrawal, Kayal and Saxena, these days people have much much faster algorithms for testing whether $N$ is prime or ...
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What is known about the polynomial factorization of power series?

Some power series factorize; $1+\sum_{n=1}^\infty x^n=\prod_{n=1}^\infty (1+x^{2^n})$ and $1+\sum_{n=1}^\infty x^{2n}/(2n+1)!=\prod_{x=1}^\infty (1+x^2/n^2\pi^2)$ for example; while others do ...
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Polynomials all of whose roots are rational

I have two questions about the class of integer-coefficient polynomials all of whose roots are rational. I asked this at MSE, but it attracted little interest (perhaps because it is not interesting!) ...
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runs of consecutive non squarefree integers

This question gained no attention at Math SE. Call a sequence of $k$ consecutive naturals squary if each one of them is divided by a square > 1. The Chinese Remainder theorem trivially guarantees us ...
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Consecutive numbers with n prime factors

Let $P(m,n)$ mean that there is a number, $M$, such that starting with $M$ there are $m$ consecutive numbers each having exactly $n$ distinct prime factors. Is it obvious that $P(m,n)$ is true for ...
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Number of ways to write an integer as a product of irreducibles

Is there any way to tell the number of distinct ways to factor $a\in\mathcal{O}_k$ (up to units, of course) when $k$ is not a PID? A simple investigation in $\mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{-5})$ with integer ring ...
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Density of Irreducible Polynomials in $\mathbb{Z}[x]$

Recently I was thinking about some questions concerning $\mathbb{Z}[x]$ and realized that they might be a bit easier if I knew the relative densities of reducible polynomials. Let $P_d$ denote the ...
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Factoring some integer in the given interval

I'm posting this question here (rather than on CSTheory) since it seems to require much more knowledge about number theory than algorithms. Let N be a positive integer. Is there an efficient (i.e. ...
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$\omega(p^n - 1)$ as $n \rightarrow \infty$

Although I am also interested in the number of distinct prime factors (not counting multiplicity), today I use $\omega(m)$ to denote the number of (positive) prime factors (with multiplicity) of the ...
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Adding a multiple of the Identity to a LU factorized matrix

Suppose a square, dense, symmetric matrix $A$ has been factorized into $L$ and $U$ components by performing a LU decomposition. Now let $B = A+\lambda I$. Is there any way to efficiently compute the ...
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Do the coefficients of these irreducible polynomials always become periodic?

Fix $n\in\mathbb N$ and a starting polynomial (or seed) $p_n=a_0+a_1x+\dots+a_nx^n$ with $a_k\in\mathbb Z\ \forall k$ and $a_0a_n\ne0$. Define $p_{n+1},p_{n+2},\dots$ recursively by $p_r = ...
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Is this pleasing polynomial irreducible?

Let: $f(x)=x^n+2x^{n-1}+3x^{n-2}+4x^{n-3}+\ldots + (n-1)x^2+nx+(n+1)$. Is $f(x)$ irreducible? In light of the answers to this question, I now know that this is true when $n+1$ is prime. What about ...
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Are there any fast algorithms for factoring integers that don't work by searching for smooth numbers?

All of the fast algorithms that I have seen which factor integers work by searching for smooth numbers. Are there any fast algorithms for factoring integers that don't work by searching for smooth ...
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Using the decomposition $641 = 5^4 + 2^4$ to factor $F_5$

The question in the title arises from a problem in Stewart's "Galois Theory, Third Edition" (and possibly elsewhere) which has been bugging me for a few days since reading it: Problem 19.5 (p. 224) ...
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Fast trace of inverse of a square matrix

Which would be the most efficient way (in computational time) to compute tr(inv(H)), where H is a (dense) square matrix? In my particular problem I also have a LU decomposition of H already ...
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Cubic graphs whose 2-factors all have the same cycle type

Let $G$ be a bridgeless cubic graph. I am interested in such graphs where all 2-factors are isomorphic (as graphs), i.e. have the same partition as cycle type. We'll say that this partition is ...
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Large gaps between consecutive irreducible polynomials with small heights

For a prime gap of length at least $n$, a trivial upper bound for its first occurrence is $N=n!$ or $N=lcm(2,\dots,n)$. A bit better is $N=p_1\cdots p_n$ where $p_k$ is the $k$th prime, as then ...
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The number of distinct prime factors of $n\in\mathbb N$

Let $\omega(n)$ be the number of distinct prime factors of a natural number $n$. Note that $\omega(n)=0\iff n=1$, and that $\omega(24)=\omega(2^3\cdot 3^1)=2\ (\not = 4)$. (For more details, you ...
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Divisibility and factorization in rings that are not integral domains

In my course notes for an undergraduate course "Algebra I", I wrote at the point when I'm introducing the notion of divisibility in rings (in a section on unique factorization): We want to study ...
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Collision polynomials

Consider $P_n(x)$ polynomials defined through the recurrence relations $$P_n(x)=2(1-x)P_{n-1}(x)-(1+x)^2P_{n-2}(x),$$ with $P_0(x)=1$ and $P_1(x)=1-3x$. In fact, the explicit solution of these ...
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Reduction from factoring to solving Pell equation

The paper Polynomial-Time Quantum Algorithms for Pell's Equation and the Principal Ideal Problem claims There are reductions from factoring to solving Pell’s equation, and from solving Pell’s ...
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Optimal Gear Trains

Suppose you need to slow down a turning motor so that a gear turns at an angular velocity $\frac{a}{b}$ of that of the motor shaft, where $a$ and $b$ are natural numbers. For example, this set of ...
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Is integer factorization harder than RSA ($n=pq$) factorization? [closed]

This is a repost. I could not get a precise answer on math.SE and cstheory.SE Let FACT denote the integer factoring problem: given $n \in \mathbb{N},$ find primes $p_i \in \mathbb{N},$ and integers ...
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Factoring and solving trinomials

Has the problem of factoring (over the rationals) the general trinomial $ax^n+bx^k+c$ with $a,b,c\in\mathbb{Z}$, $n,k\in\mathbb{N}, n>k>1$ been solved? By solved I mean a classification theorem ...
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Distinct primitive factorizations over integers of number fields

I am curious about the following. Let $K$ be a number field. For any $a \in \mathcal{O}_K$ in its ring of integers, let $N(a)$ be zero if there exist elements $b, c \in \mathcal{O}_K \setminus ...
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Efficiently factorize a KKT system with block diagonal upper corner

I have a system resulting from a quadratic energy minimization with linear equality constraints enforced with Lagrange multipliers which has the form: \begin{equation} A = \left[\begin{array}{c|c} ...
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Degrees of factors of polynomial $f(x)=x^q-(ax^2+bx+c)\in \mathbb{F}_q[x]$

I’m facing the problem of factoring polynomials of type $f(x)=x^q-(ax^2+bx+c)\in \mathbb{F}_q[x]$ and the degrees of factors seem to be quite special. For example, according to my experimental results ...
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Proving conditions on $(r+s)^2 \mid (4r^4+1)$, related to Pell oblongs

While working on another problem (Solving the quartic equation $r^4 + 4r^3s - 6r^2s^2 - 4rs^3 + s^4 = 1$), I came across a question which seems to be of [semi-] independent interest. Conjecture. If ...
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Factorization in the Wiener algebra on the unit disc.

Consider the Banach algebra $W^+=\ell^1(\mathbb{Z}^+)$, viewed upon as the analytic functions $f$ on the unit disc $\mathbb{D}$ such that $$\|f\|=\sum_{k\ge0}|a_k|<\infty$$ where $$f(z)=\sum ...
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More 3-connected cubic graphs with all 2-factors of same cycle type?

The setup is as in this question: Let $G$ be a 3-connected cubic graph. If all 2-factors of $G$ are isomorphic (as graphs), i.e. all have the same partition $\pi$ as cycle type, we'll say that $G$ is ...
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Coim factorization of a morphism in a complete well-powered category

In a complete, cocomplete and well-powered category with zero object consider the canonical factorization of a morphism $f=k\circ \mathrm{Coim}(f)$. Does cocomplete+complete+well-powered guarantee ...
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Significance behind splitting of (x+y)^7-(x^7+y^7)? [closed]

A quick check via third roots of unity establishes$$(x+y)^7-(x^7+y^7) = 7xy(x+y)(x^2+xy+y^2)^2$$ Some questions: What is the significance of this factorization? Does it have any connection to the ...
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Least Prime Factor in a sequence of 2n consecutive integers

I was thinking about consecutive integers and I wondered if anyone had done work exploring whether a sequence of $2n$ consecutive integers (i.e. 101,102,103,...,100+2n) always contains at least one ...
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Algorithm for detecting prime powers

While reading Peter Shor's paper Polynomial-Time Algorithms for Prime Factorization and Discrete Logarithms on a Quantum Computer, I came across the following quote: "This scheme will thus work as ...
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Groups of Rational Points on Gaussian Circles

Let a gaussian circle $C_R$ be any circle defined by the equation: $$x^2+y^2 = R, (x,y) \in \mathbb{R}^2$$, where $R$ is the norm of a gaussian integer ($R=a^2+b^2, (a,b) \in \mathbb{Z}^2$). IF $R$ ...
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Factoring a certain quartic mod primes

Let $h(x)=x^4+12x^3+14x^2-12x+1$, and let $p>5$ be a prime. I want to show $h(x)$ factors into 2 quadratics mod $p$ if $p \equiv 9,11$ mod 20, while $h(x)$ factors mod $p$ into 4 linear factors if ...
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when does a regular graph have a 1-factorization?

Is there a sufficient condition for a regular graph to have a 1-factorization (i.e. being able to pack all of its edges into disjoint perfect matchings, and excluding one vertex if the number of ...
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Which nonnegative matrices have exact nonnegative matrix factors of smaller dimensionality?

The nonnegative matrix $V = \left( \begin{array}{cc} 1 & 1 \\ 1 & 1 \end{array} \right)$ has nonnegative matrix factors $W = \left( \begin{array}{c} 1 \\ 1 \end{array} \right)$ and $H = ...
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Factoring and Index Calculus and duality between DL and factoring via compuational problems made easy through them

If factoring is in $P$ (with a blazing fast polynomial time in $P$), would it affect the index calculus algorithm used for Discrete Log calculation in any serious way? Other connections $1.)$ ...
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Second stage of elliptic curve factorization via random walk/Pollard's rho in constant (or low) memory?

The second stage of elliptic curve factorization has the drawback of large memory usage. Let $n=pq$, $E(\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z})$ is elliptic curve and $P$ point on $E(\mathbb{Z}/n\mathbb{Z})$. On ...
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For any prime $p$, is there $C$ such that if $x\ge C$, then all but one integer among $x+1, x+2, \dots, x+p$ has Greatest Prime Factor $> p$

I apologize if this is a naive question about greatest prime factors (gpf). I was thinking about the sequence of integers where $\mathrm{gpf}(x) \le p$ where $p$ is any prime. Clearly, as $x$ ...
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A subring question (revised)

Hello, Let $K/{\mathbb Q}$ be a finite extension which is not necessarily Galois, and ${\mathcal O}$ be the ring of integers of $K$. Let $p$ be a prime in ${\mathbb Q}$ and let $p {\mathcal ...
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Factorization of antisymmetric bounded holomorphic functions

A basic principle in complex function theory is that one can split off zeros of holomorphic functions in a similar way as for polynomials: If $f$ is holomorphic near $0$ and $f(0) = 0$, then $f(z) = ...