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Simultaneous root of polynomials — must it exist by continuity?

Suppose we have $n$ polynomials in $n$ variables $p_1, \dots, p_n$ and $n$ scalars $y_1, \dots, y_n$ which are in the range $[0,1]$. These polynomials have all positive coefficients. We want to find a ...
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Bound for the height of equations defining the singular locus of a variety

Fix positive integers $m, n, d$. In what follows, the height of an algebraic number will mean the absolute multiplicative height. Let $V \subset \bar{\mathbb{Q}}^n$ be an affine algebraic variety ...
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Continuous dependence of the roots of a polynomial on its coefficients

In their article "The roots of a polynomial vary continuously as a function of the coefficients" Gary Harris and Clyde Martin give a topological proof of the well-known theorem that the roots of a ...
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Integer valued polynomial through some points with rational coordinates

I asked this question on MSE about 5 months ago, but, even after offering a bounty, I didn't receive any answer, I hope this question isn't too easy for MO. If we have a set of points $(x_i,y_i)$ ...
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First Description of how to Remove Radicals from Equations

Who first described the technique of removing radicals as indicated in the answers to questions Tools for Removing Radicals from Equations and Rewrite sum of radicals equation as polynomial equation ? ...
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A question on partial fraction decompositions

This question concerns a mapping from the poles of a rational function to its partial fraction decomposition coefficients. We assume that the rational function is the inverse of a polynomial of degree ...
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When is a cubic polynomial a cube? [closed]

I've been researching cubes and I'm trying to solve this Diophantine equation over the integers. $$ax^3 + bx^2 + cx + d = y^3$$where a, b, c, d are parameters for a given $n$. For example, for $n = ...
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Decomposition of polynomials with three variables

We use $\bigtriangleup _i$ to denote either multiplication or addition. Suppose we have a polynomial $P(x,y,z)$ over some algebraic closed field such that: There are $Q(x), W_1(x,y),W_2(x,z)$ ...
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Proofs of the Chevalley-Warning Theorem

A well known proof of the Chevally-Warning Theorem is the one listed on wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevalley%E2%80%93Warning_theorem Are there any other proofs of this, or ...
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Is $\mathbb R[x,y]_+$ countably generated as a quadratic module?

Let $\mathbb R[x,y]_+$ denote the set of positive polynomials in two variables. My problem can be stated as follows: Does there exist a countable set $M\subseteq \mathbb R[x,y]_+$ such that ...
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Gaps between roots of trigonometric polynomials

[Cross-posted from Math.SE because I got no responses there.] Given a polynomial in $e^{\mathrm{i}k t}$ of the form $$ p(t) = \sum_{-n\leq k\leq n} c_k e^{\mathrm{i}k t} $$ with $\bar c_{-k} = c_k$, ...
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Can there be a power basis for a totally real field of high degree?

A number field $K$ is said to have a power basis if there is an $\alpha \in K$ such that the full ring of integers $O_K$ is the $\mathbb{Z}$-linear span of ...
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Is $x^{n}-x-1$ irreducible?

Is it true that for every $n \in \mathbb{N}$, $x^{n}-x-1$ is irreducible in $\mathbb{Z}[x]$? The standard irreducibility criteria seem to fail.
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Existence of roots of high order polynomial over finite fields

I want to solve the following question: Consider a polynomial $f(x)=a_0+a_1*x^{e_1}+a_2*x^{e_2}+\cdots+x^{e_m}\in F_p[x]$ where $p$ is a prime such that $\log(p)\sim m$ and $e_m\sim 2^m$, I want to ...
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Existence of solutions of a polynomial system

Fix $k \in \mathbb{N}$, $k \geq 1$. Let $p \in [0,1]$ and $x = (x_0, \ldots, x_k)$ be a $(k+1)$-dimensional real vector, and define $$S(p,x) = -x_0^2 + \sum_{i=0}^k {k \choose i} p^i (1 - p)^{k - i} ...
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Polynomial dynamical systems

The question is somewhat related to the theory of permutation polynomials. Let $\mathbb{F}_p$ be a finite field of $p$ elements ($p$ is prime) and $\mathcal{V} = \mathbb{F}_p^2 = \{ (t_1,t_2)\::\: ...
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Fitting a quadratic using regression when the y-intercept needs to be 0 [closed]

I'm trying to fit a quadratic $a_0 + a_1x + a_2x^2$ by Polynomial Regression: $$ \begin{pmatrix} n & \Sigma x_i & \Sigma x_i\\ \Sigma x_i & \Sigma x_i^2 & \Sigma x_i^3\\ \Sigma ...
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Estimate maximal coefficient of a polynomial from a circle containing all roots

Suppose I have a polynomial $$ p(x)=\sum_{i=0}^n p_ix^i. $$ For simplicity furthermore assume $p_n=1$. As it is well known we may use Gershgorin circles to give an upper bound for the absolute ...
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Factors of the polynomial $X^n-a$

I am interested in the polynomial $X^n-a$ in $\mathbb{Q}[X]$, for some $a\in \mathbb{Q}^*$, and would like to know the irreducible factors of it. Is there something in the literature which gives a ...
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Computing the chromatic polynomial of graph modulo $x-3$

The chromatic polynomial of graph $P(G,x)$ is univariate polynomial which counts the number of colorings of $G$ with $x$ colors for natural $x$. Graph is not $k$ colorable iff $P(G,k)=0$. The ...
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Families of quintics in $\mathbb{Q}[x]$ with Galois group $A_5$

Theorem. The Galois group of a quintic polynomial $f\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$ is $A_5$ if and only if its discriminant is a rational square and its Weber sextic resolvent has no rational root. Question. What ...
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seeking reference on a theorem about sufficient conditions for an entire function with real coefficients to have only real zeros

I am seeking reference(s) on the following theorem about sufficient conditions for an entire function with real coefficients to have only real zeros. Theorem: Let $f_n(z)=\sum_0^n a_m z^m$ (with ...
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Truncation error in Padè approximants

Suppose only the following data are known about a rational function $R(x)=P(x)/Q(x)$ (for $P,Q$ polynomials): (a) the degree of $P$ is $\leq m$ and the degree of $Q$ is $\leq n$; (b) the first $k$ ...
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irreducible polynomials on the polynomial sequence

I suspect this problem is very famous and it must be studied very well. But I searched in Google and I did not find good reference. I will appreciate any answer and reference for any contribution ...
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Find a symmetric polynomial with a projection divisible by a known polynomial

Consider the polynomial $Q$, a homogeneous quartic in seven variables: $$ Q(R, s_1, s_2, s_3, s_4, d_1, d_2) = \\ ...
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R[[X]] flat as a R[X]-module?

I assume $R[X]\rightarrow R[[X]]$ is not flat in general, but I was wondering if any conditions on a commutative ring $R$ are known such that $R[[X]]$ is flat as a $R[X]$-module. Would $R$ noetherian ...
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What is the probability of interpolating the Tutte polynomial of a planar graph from the values at the two hyperbolas?

The Tutte polynomial is a bivariate polynomial with positive integer coefficient which is a graph invariant and can be defined recursively. Evaluating it is $\#P$-complete even when restricted to ...
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Closed-for expression for Newton-Girard symmetric polynomials with 0/1 variables

There are $n$ Bernoulli $s_i\in\left\{0,1\right\}$, $i=1,...,n$ with equal marginals $\Pr(s_i=1)=\theta$ $\forall i$ so that E$(s_i)=\theta$. Their standardized mean deviations are \begin{equation*} ...
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The equation $f(x)=f(a^n)^k$ always has a solution in $\mathbb{Q}$ [closed]

Fix two positive integers $a,k\ge2$, and let $f\in\mathbb{Z}[x]$ be a nonconstant polynomial. Suppose that for all sufficiently large positive integers $n$, there exists a rational number $x$ ...
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derivatives and uniformly convergence [closed]

Let $f$ be a function of a real variable expandable in power series on $\mathbb R$: there exists a sequence $(a_n)_{n\in\mathbb N}$ of reals such that for all $x\in\mathbb R$, one has ...
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The closures in $C^0(\mathbb C,\mathbb C)$ of the set of integer valued polynomials

This question is closely related to the thread The closures in $C^0(\mathbb R,\mathbb R)$ of the set of integer valued polynomials, resp, of polynomials with integer coefficients. (Recall that a ...
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Polynomial without roots in a ring

Let $A$ be a commutative ring which is not an integral domain. I try to find a polynomial $P$ of $A[X]$ such that $d°P = 1$ and $P$ admits no root in any ring $B$ such that $A$ is a subring of $B$.
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Literature about metapolynomials

We say that a function $f:\mathbb{R}^k \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ is a metapolynomial if, for some positive integer $m$ and $n$, it can be represented in the form $$f(x_1,\cdots , x_k ...
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Unimodular triangulation and Ehrhart polynomials

Let $P$ be a convex lattice polytope. Then it has a polynomial Ehrhart function. I am interested in what can be said about the Ehrhart polynomial when $P$ has any of the properties is integrally ...
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polynomial with rational coefficients [closed]

Do you think that the following statement is true? Do you have any idea about the proof? Let $\; f(x) \in \mathbb{C}[x]$ be a polynomial. If $f(n) \in \mathbb{Z}$ for an infinite number of $n \in ...
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Discriminant polynomial generalizing the usual discriminant

I wonder if anybody has seen the following natural polynomial. Given a monic univariate polynomial $P(z)$ of degree $N$, denote its roots by $z_1,..., z_N$. Now form a new polynomial $Q(z)$ of ...
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Roots of modified polynomials

Consider the following two polynomials: $$ g=x^3 - x^2 - (c + 2)x + c $$ and $$ h=x^3 - x^2 - cx + c $$ The roots of $h$ are $1$ and $\pm \sqrt{c}$. I am interested in obtaining the roots of $g$, ...
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Number of zeros of a polynomial in the unit disk

Suppose $m$ and $n$ are two nonnegative integers. What is the number of zeros of the polynomial $(1+z)^{m+n}-z^n$ in the unit ball $|z|<1$? Some calculations for small values of $m$ and $n$ ...
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Source for roots of matrix polynomials?

A matrix polynomial is a polynomial whose variables are square $n \times n$ matrices, let's say with entries in $\mathbb{C}$, and with coefficients in $\mathbb{C}$. I am seeking a source of results on ...
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Stronger versions of Schwartz-Zippel for random linear subspaces

This is a (self-contained) followup question to http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/380672/analogue-of-the-schwartz-zippel-lemma-for-subspaces. Let $f : \mathbb{R}^n \to \mathbb{R}$ be a nonzero ...
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Lagrange Interpolation and integer polynomials

Suppose that there is a polynomial $P$ with integer coefficients such that $P(x_i)=y_i$ for $i=1,\ldots,n$. Is it true that the result of Lagrange interpolation through the data $(x_i,y_i)$ is a ...
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Generalization of the Hermite-Beihler-Kakeya Theorem (2)

This is a follow up to the questions posed in Generalization of the Hermite-Bielher-Kakeya Theorem. Here is an interesting follow up to those comments. Firstly we remark that: $f(x)+g(x)\cdot w$ is ...
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The gcd of coprime polynomials evaluated at integers

Let $p(x),q(x)$ be coprime squarefree polynomials with integer coefficients. For integer $n$ is $\gcd(p(n),q(n))$ bounded by an absolute constant? In case the answer is negative what is the fastest ...
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Find a common expression (parameterized by y = 1/2, 1 and 2) uniting three (rational) polynomials in k [closed]

I am seeking a common "simple" expression (preferably/presumably a sum of products of linear factors, or sum of products of low-degree factors) uniting the three polynomials (parameterized by ...
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Sextic resolvent has no rational root

An irreducible quintic $f(x)\in\mathbb{Q}[x]$, is solvable by radicals if and only if its sextic resolvent $\theta_f (y)=(y^3+py^2+qy+r)^2-2^{10}\Delta(f)y$ has a rational root ($\Delta$ is the ...
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number of bipolar orientations to acyclic ones

Given a $k$-regular graph $G$, is there an upper bound on the number of bipolar orientations that $G$ has? I am trying to show that the number of bipolar orientations is much much lower than the ...
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Are the roots of chromatic polynomials plus a fixed constant dense in $\mathbb{C}$?

Alan Sokal proved that chromatic roots are dense in the whole complex plane. I.e., if $P(G;z)$ denotes the chromatic polynomial of a finite simple graph $G$ evaluated at $z \in \mathbb{C}$, then ...
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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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Is $x^p-x+1$ always irreducible in $F_p[x]$?

It seems that for any prime number $p$ and for any non-zero element $a$ in the finite field $\mathbb F_p$, the polynomial $x^p-x+a$ is irreducible over $\mathbb F_p$. (It is of course obvious that ...
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Generalization of the Hermite-Bielher-Kakeya Theorem

A stable polynomial is one with zeros in the upper half plane or lower half plane. Interlacing polynomials are polynomials with only real zeros, where between every two zeros of one polynomial lies a ...