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Represent matrix immanants using Schur functions

For each irreducible character $\chi^\lambda$ of the symmetric group $S_n$, the immanant of an $n\times n$ square matrix $A$ is defined as \begin{equation*} d_\lambda(A) := \sum_{\sigma \in S_n} ...
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Real Zeros - tail estimate

Given a random polynomial with Gaussian coefficients, the Kac-Rice formula tells us what the expected number of real zeros is (for more on this, see the excellent paper of Edelman and Kostlan in the ...
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Prove or disprove an inequality concerning zeros of a polynomial

If a polynomial $p(z)$ of degree $n$ with zeros $z_1,z_2,\cdots,z_n$ assumes maximum at $w$ on $|z|=1.$ Prove or disprove that the Harmonic mean of $|z_k-w|,$ $k=1,2,\cdots,n$ is greater or equal to ...
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If a polynomial $p(z)$ omits a value, then $p(z)-\dfrac{(1-e^{i\psi})}{n}zp^{\prime}(z)$ also omits that value

Suppose that a polynomial $p(z)$ of degree $n$ does not assume the value $w$ for $|z|<1$, that is $p(z)\neq w$ for $|z|<1.$ Show that $p(z)-\dfrac{(1-e^{i\psi})}{n}zp^{\prime}(z)\neq w$ for ...
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Root criterion for polynomial over number fields

It's well known that if $\alpha $ is a rational root to an integer coefficient polynomial, then its denominator divides the leading coefficient and its numerator divides the constant term. I'm asking ...
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Determinant of a Vandermonde matrix of roots of monic polynomial with integer coefficients [migrated]

Let $p(x)=\sum_{i=1}^n a_ix^i$ with $a_i$ an integer for all $i$ and $a_n=1$ such that $p(x)$ has only real roots, and let $\lambda_1,\ldots,\lambda_n$ be the $n$ roots of this polynomial. Then the ...
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About distinct eigenvalues of a graph

if a graph with adjacency matrix $A$ and Laplacian $L$ has $k$ distinct eigenvalues then does this fact naturally help define or prove existence of a polynomial $p$ of degree $k-1$ such that ...
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Reference for multivariate orthogonal polynomials

I want to learn about multivariate orthogonal polynomials. Is there a good textbook/survey that you could suggest? I need to see common examples like Jack's polynomials etc .. and also general ...
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t-linked extension

Let $A\subseteq B$ be an extension of commutative integral domains. the extension is t-linked if it satisfies the following property: If P is a finitely generated ideal of A such that $P^{-1}=A$ than ...
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polynomials with similar maxima-minima

Assume $p$ and $q$ are n-variate degree d, homogeneous polynomials. Define $ |p|_{\infty}= \max_{x \in S^{n-1}} |p(x)|$ $D(p)=\{ x \in S^{n-1} : p(x)= |p|_{\infty} \}$ $E(p)=\{x \in S^{n-1} : p(x)= ...
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Find all possible rational values of the parameter of a parametric cubic such that it is reducible

Description: Given the following parametric cubic polynomials ${E}^{3} - 15\, {\beta}_{\pm}\, {E}^{2} - 3 \left({71\, {\beta}_{\pm}^{2} + 352\, {\beta}_{\mp}}\right) E + 135\, {\beta}_{\pm} ...
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Permutation polynomials mod $p$ of the form $(x+1)^n-x^n$

Among some permutation polynomials I've been studying, $f(x)=(x+1)^n-x^n$ is one of the polynomials that I cannot grasp. Question : For a given odd prime $p$, how can we find every positive ...
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Sum of consecutive cubes

I'm investigating when the sum of $n$ consecutive cubes equals a cube, i.e., for which $n$ does $$\sum_{i=0}^{n-1} (k+i)^3 = k^3 + (k+1)^3 + \cdots + (k+n-1)^3 = Y^3 $$ have nontrivial solutions ...
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Periodic points in C^2

I came up with a problem which is similar to the following quesitons: Consider a map: $f(x,y)=(y^2-2,xy-2)$. It is seems that the number of periodic points of given period is bounded. I want to ...
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Is there a ``Ladner's Theorem" for the PH-vs-PSPACE scenario?

Like a statement of the kind, ``If the Polynomial Hierarchy (PH) $\neq$ PSPACE then there exists $L \in PSPACE \backslash PH$ which is not PSPACE-complete"? Or is there something else that states ...
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On a reciprocal of Ostrowski theorem on Newton polytopes and factorization

$\newcommand\KK{\mathbb{K}}$Let $\KK$ be any field and $f\in\KK[x_1,\dotsc,x_n]$ be a polynomial. Its support $S_f$ is the set $\{(e_1,\dotsc, e_n) : x_1^{e_1}\dotsb x_n^{e_n}$ has a nonzero ...
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About convex combinations of real-stable multivariable complex polynomials

Say $f: \mathbb{C}^{n+1} \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ is a real stable multivariable polynomial on the variables $(z,w_1,w_2,...,w_n)$. (a "real-stable" polynomial is one which has no zeroes in the open ...
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Find a polynomial not in any ideal generated by polynomials of total degree $o(n)$

Is there an explicit nontrivial (= not a constant) polynomial $p \in \mathbb{C}[x_1, \ldots, x_n]$ such that, for any ideal $I \not= \mathbb{C}[x_1, \ldots, x_n]$ generated by $f_1, f_2, \ldots, f_m$ ...
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About preserving real-rootedness of multivariable polynomials

Say $f_i(z_1,z_2,..,z_m)$ are polynomials real rooted in the $z$s for a bunch of polynomials indexed by $i$. When can one say that $\sum_{i} p_i f_i(z_1,z_2,..,z_m)$ is also real rooted? If ...
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Irreducibility of Faulhaber-like Polynomials over $\mathbb Q[x]$

Motivation: Inspired by the famous Faulhaber polynomials $F_k(N)=\displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^Nn^k,$ I decided to study their alternating versions, $\Phi_k(M)=\displaystyle\sum_{n=0}^M(-1)^nn^k$. For ...
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Fixed points of self maps

Given $m$ points on $S^n$, is there an explicit polynomial self $1-1$ map of minimum degree $f:S^n\rightarrow S^n$ that fixes only these $m$ points? Can we say something about symmetry group of $f$ if ...
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About alternating polynomials an the Rowen's notation

Some definitions... Definition 1: A polynomial $f(X_1,\dots ,X_d)$ is $t$-linear if the variables $X_1,\dots ,X_t,\; t\leq d$ appear in all monomials of $f$ and degree of $X_i,\; i=1,2,\dots ,t$ on ...
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Real-rooted polynomials and higher rank matrices

For $A$ and $B$ being matrices of the same dimension and $B$ being rank $1$, one knows that $det(A+tB)$ is a linear polynomial in $t \in \mathbb{R}$. Hence by Taylor series it follows that $det(A + ...
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Counting couples of square-free polynomials over finite fields

I have a curve defined by the following equations over the finite field $\mathbb{F}_q$ with $q=p^r$ with $p \geq 3$: $$C_{h_1,h_2}:\begin{cases} y_1^2=h_1(t) & \\ y_2^2=h_2(t) ...
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Factorization of polynomials in two variables

I have read, from the question: Irreducibility of polynomials in two variables, that all polynomials $f(x)-g(y)$, where $f, g$ are indecomposable polynomials, and there are no $a, b$ such that ...
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Is it possible the division polynomials evaluated at fixed point to be perfect powers unbounded number of times?

Let $E$ be elliptic curve over the rationals and $P=(X_P,Y_P)$ point on $E$. $\psi_n$ are the division polynomials. Define $a_n=\psi_n(X_P,Y_P)$. Is it possible $a_n$ to be perfect power ...
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Why is a matrix pencil called a pencil?

I'm trying to understand the historical context behind the word pencil in matrix pencils, or pencil of curves so on. I am aware that even Gantmacher 1959 has this terminology however I don't know ...
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Analog of Euler's factoring technique

Is there an analog of Euler's Two Squares factoring theorem over polynomial rings $\Bbb Z[x]$ by considering a version for non-negative polynomials? Euler's two squares factoring states that numbers ...
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Polynomial existence over finite field

Denote $\mathcal{F_n}$ as collection of multiaffine polynomials $f\in\Bbb F_2[x_1,\dots,x_n]$. Denote total degree of $f\in\mathcal{F_n}$ as $deg(f)$ (note $deg(f)\leq n$). Denote ...
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Homogeneous polynomial vector fields tangent to the unit sphere

This question has something to do with that one. Let $n\ge1$ and $d\ge1$ be two given integers. Consider the polynomial vector fields $v=(v_1,\ldots,v_n)$ whose components $v_j$ are homogeneous of ...
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Number of common solutions of polynomial system

Let $ \mathbb{F}_p$ be a finite field and $\{f_j\}_{j=1}^{j=r} \subseteq \mathbb{F}_p[X_1,...,X_n]$ be a set of polynomials. Let consider the system of equations: $f_j(x_1,...,x_n)=0$ for $j = ...
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Complementary polynomials

Denote $S=\{0,1\}^n$. $\mathsf{MLP}_{d,n}=\{p\in\Bbb R[x_1,\dots,x_n]:p\mathsf{\mbox{ is mutilinear with total degree}}(p)=d\}$. Is there an $n\geq d^2+1$ such that there exists distinct polynomials ...
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Polynomial expressions of roots of unity with integer norm

Say a nonconstant polynomial $p(z)$ is $k$-magical if it satisfies the following properties: $p$ is of the form $$p(z) = a_{k-1} z^{k-1} + a_{k-2} z^{k-2} + \cdots + a_1 z + 1$$ where each $a_i \in ...
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How to find critical points of the following polynomial?

I am trying to find critical points of the following equation in $\mathbb{R}^n$: $$F(x)=d-\sum_i a_{i}x_i^2+H(x).$$ Here, $a_{i}$ are positive real numbers, and $H(x)$ is a $\mathbf{harmonic}$ ...
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question about a particular Polynomial ring [closed]

Let K be a field, let $T = K[X_1, X_2,...]$ be a polynomial ring, let $R=K[X_1^{2}, X_1X_2,..,X_i X_j,..]$, and let $L = Frac(R)$ = field of fractions of R. How can we prove that $R =T \cap L$ ?
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Determine whether a system of polynomials with real coefficients has a real solution?

Today my students asked me the following problem: Define polynomials $P_j$ with real coefficients $$P_{j}=\sum_{i_{1},\cdots,i_{s}}a^{(j)}_{i_{1}\cdots i_{s}}X^{i_{1}}_{1}\cdots X^{i_{s}}_{s}, ...
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Lower bound on difference between polynomials at moderate distance

Fix $r > 0$ and $k, n \in \mathbb{N}$. Also consider a function $f: \mathbb{R}^{d} \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$. Let $x_{1},\ldots, x_{n+1}$ be points chosen uniformly from $[-r,r]^{d}$. For $1 \leq i ...
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How did Ramanujan discover this identity?

Let $$\small F_n=(a+b+c)^n+(b+c+d)^n-(c+d+a)^n-(d+a+b)^n+(a-d)^n-(b-c)^n$$ and $ad=bc$, then $$64*F_6*F_{10}=45*F_8^2$$ This fascinating identity is due to Ramanujan and can be found in ...
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A specific polynomial triplet question

Notation $P_k[n]=\{$multilinear polynomials in $\Bbb R[x_1,x_2,\dots,x_{n-1},x_n]$ of total degree exactly $k\}$. $k=1$ is just linear polynomials. QUESTION Is there a triplet $(p,f,g)\in ...
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How many roots can $P(x):=\sum_s(x-s)^{(p-1)/2}$ have in ${\mathbb F}_p$?

For a prime $p$ and a set $S\subset{\mathbb F}_p$ of size $n:=|S|\approx \sqrt p$, what is the largest possible number of roots that the polynomial $$ P(x) := \sum_{s\in S} ...
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Products of cyclotomic polynomials

Is $\Phi_5(z) \Phi_6(z) = 1 + z^2 + z^3 + z^4 + z^6$ the only product of cyclotomic polynomials that has nonnegative coefficients and satisfies $p(\zeta)=0$, $p(\zeta^2)=2$, $p(\zeta^3)=3$, and ...
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Polynomial threading through a monotone corridor

I have a need to find a polynomial of minimal degree that connects two points and stays within a given "corridor," by which I mean an $x$-monotone polygon. Here is an example:       ...
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Evaluating products of cyclotomic polynomials at roots of unity

Are there general non-trivial conditions on $p(\cdot)$ and $n$, where $p(\cdot)$ is a product of cyclotomic polynomials and $n$ is a positive integer, such that all the coefficients of $p(\cdot)$ are ...
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Notions of positivity for q-polynomials

What are some existing notions of positivity (or nonnegativity) for $\mathbf{R}[q]$ such that all $q$-integers $[n]_q = 1+q+...+q^{n-1}$ are positive, as well as all polynomials that can be expressed ...
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Which criteria for “uniformly splitting” polynomials?

Let $P(x)$ be an irreducible monic polynomial of degree $\ge4$ with integer coefficients. We all know that over a finite field $\mathbb F_p$, $P$ will often split, and I am interested in polynomials ...
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Vector fields whose divergence are proper maps

Let $X$ be a polynomial vector field of degree $2$ on $\mathbb{R}^{2}$. Does there exist a nonvanishing smooth function $g$ such that $Div(gX)$ is a proper map?Or at least the zero locus of ...
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Polynomials of low degree that clone polynomials of higher degree

Let $f(x_1,\dots,x_{16})=(x_1+x_2+x_3+x_4)(x_5+x_6+x_7+x_8)(x_9+x_{10}+x_{11}+x_{12})(x_{13}+x_{14}+x_{15}+x_{16})\in\Bbb R[x]$. Let $\mathcal{Z}$ be the zero set of $f$ in ...
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How prove this polynomial inequality from a book

Question: Let $$f(X)=(X-x_{1})(X-x_{2})\cdots (X-x_{n})$$ be an irreducible polynomial over the field of rational numbers,with integer coefficients and real zeros. Prove that $$\prod_{1\le ...
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Bounds on degree from bounds on derivatives

Let $f(x)\in \Bbb R[x]$ and $r(x)\in\Bbb R(x)$. Supposing we have information about the values taken by $f(x)$ and $g(x)$ in certain intervals and also can bound their derivatives in these intervals, ...
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Finding maximum of a function with unfixed number of variables

Can anybody solve this: For a constant positive integer $n\geq6$ find $k$ and positive integers $a_{1},a_{2},...,a_{k}$ that maximize the expression ...