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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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votes

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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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votes

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794 views

### 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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votes

**1**answer

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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 ...

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vote

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### Estimating decay of certain trigonometric polynomials

For $p=0,1,2,\dots$ and $n=0,1,2,\dots,$, let $f_{n,p}(z)=\sum_{k=0}^n k^p z^k$ be a sequence of polynomials. Restricted to the unit circle, the functions $g_{n,p}(t):=f_{n,p}(e^{it})$ are ...

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### Polynomial convex coefficients

Assume we have an arbitrary high order polynomial $$f(L)=1-L\theta_1-L^2\theta_2-L^3\theta_3-...-L^N\theta_N$$ and we know all roots of this polynomial site outside the unit circle. It is obvious that ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Nilradical and Newton's identities

Let $R$ be a commutative ring with unity such that $n!$ is not a zero-divisor. Let $s_1=\sigma_1,s_2,s_3\cdots$ and $\sigma_1,\sigma_2\cdots$, (convention: if $k>n$, then $\sigma_k=0$) be elements ...

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votes

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### “Degree 3 fields”

I was wondering what was known about fields $k$ having the property that any polynomial
over $k$ of degree $3$ has at least one root in $k$. Does such a field have a special name ?
Is there some kind ...

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votes

**1**answer

978 views

### How to prove that every polynomial in an infinite family is irreducible over Q?

Consider the bivariate polynomial $$p(X,Y) = X^5 - (2 Y + 1) X^3 - (Y^2 + 2) X^2 + Y (Y-1) X + Y^3.$$ For every integer $y \ge 4$, I conjecture that $p(X,y)$ is irreducible in $\mathbb{Q}[X]$. How can ...

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### Identification of model involving convex polynomials

I want to solve a nonlinear least squares problem on the following form
\begin{equation}
\begin{array}{l}
\min_{\theta,\phi} J(\theta,\phi) &=& \min_{\theta,\phi} \sum_{i=1}^k ...

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votes

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136 views

### The Alexander-Conway polynomial: from knots to braids?

The Alexander-Conway polynomial was the first knot invariant to be discovered, as far back as 1923 according to this link. Given that knots can be expressed in terms of quasi-toric braid closures, it ...

**1**

vote

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### Whether r.v. with p.g.f. $\exp [\sum\limits_{i = 1}^\infty {{q_i}({z^i}} - 1)]$ is overdispersion?

When discrete r.v. $X$ is not Poisson distributed and ${\rm{Var}}X,EX < \infty $, I want to know whether r.v. $X$ with p.g.f. $\exp [\sum\limits_{i = 1}^\infty {{q_i}({z^i}} - 1)],({q_i} \in ...

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votes

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### Uniform bound for the number primes $p$ s.t. a polynomial has a root modulo $p$

It is well known that for a given polynomial $f \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ the number of primes $p$ s.t. $f$ has a root modulo $p$ is infinite. In fact, one can even write down a formula for the density of ...

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**1**answer

663 views

### How small can a totally positive integer be?

Consider a large, fixed $M>2$. For each $n$, let $\alpha_n$ denote the smallest algebraic integer of degree at most $n$, all of whose Galois conjugates lie in the real interval $(0,M)$.
Is there ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### Convergence of the Double Integral of a Polynomial Reciprocal

Let $f \in \mathbb{R}[x,y]$ be a polynomial satisfying the following conditions:
(i) $f(\mathbb{R}^2) \subset [a,\infty)$ where $a>0$;
(ii) $f$ is non-degenerate, in the sense that there isn't a ...

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votes

**1**answer

283 views

### Counting solutions modulo primes

Let $P(x)$ be an irreducible polynomial in $\mathbb{Z}[x]$ of degree $n.$ By $N(k,x)$ we denote the number of primes up to $x,$ such that $P(x)$ has exactly $k$ solutions in $\mathbb{Z}_p.$ Is it ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Complexity of turning a d-degree polynomial to 2-degree polynomial

For a very simple example,
$(1+x)^4=x^4+4x^3+6x^2+4x+1$ is a 4 degree polynomial, and I want to change it to a 2-degree polynomial by add more variables, for this example, we can simply let $y=x^2$, ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### The Largest Root of Associated Laguerre Polynomial

The Laguerre polynomial $L_n(x)$ is the solution to the Laguerre differential equation
\begin{equation*}
x\,y'' + (1 - x)\,y' + n\,y = 0.
\end{equation*}
The associated Laguerre polynomial ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### k-th largest root in common interlacing polynomials

In their proof of the celebrated Kadison-Singer conjecture, Marcus, Spielman and Srivastava exploited so-called interlacing families which are originally defined for their work on Ramanujan graphs. ...

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vote

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### Under what conditions does the Mittag-Leffler function ${E_{\alpha ,1}}(z),(0 < \alpha < 1)$ has no real zero?

I want to know under what conditions does the Mittag-Leffler function ${E_{\alpha ,1}}(z),(0 < \alpha < 1)$ has no real zero, where
${E_{\alpha ,1}}(z) = \sum\limits_{k = 0}^\infty ...

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votes

**1**answer

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### is there any such result about Bernstein polynomials?

It is well known that for any lipschitz function $f:[0,1]\rightarrow [0,1]$, we can approximate it
by $\sum_{i=1}^n f(i/n) {n\choose i} x^i (1-x)^{n-i}$, and the $L_\infty$ error is $O(1/\sqrt{n})$. ...

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votes

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### Where in mathematics do these polynomials appear?

Does anyone recognize the following sequence of polynomials?
$f_0(x) = x-1$
$f_1(x) = x^2-x$
$f_2(x) = x^4-2x^2+x$
$f_3(x) = x^8-3x^4+3x^2-x$
$f_4(x) = x^{16}-4x^8+6x^4-4x^2+x$
$\vdots$
The ...

**3**

votes

**0**answers

111 views

### Correspondence between numerical semigroups and polynomials?

A numerical semigroup $A$ is defined as a subsemigroup of the semigroup $(\mathbb{N},+)$ of the positive integers such that the set $\mathbb{N}\setminus A$ is finite. Equivalently (for a subsemigroup) ...

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votes

**1**answer

67 views

### Counting extrema on a simplex

Let $p(x_{1},x_{2},\ldots,x_{n})=\sum_{i,j=1}^{n}{a_{ij}x_{i}x_{j}}$ be a homogenous multivariate polynomial of degree $2$.
I would like to know how many extrema $p$ has on the standard simplex
...

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votes

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191 views

### Factorisation of a biquadratic polynomial

Let $u,v\in\mathbb{Z},$ and let $f=X^4+uX^2+v.$ Let $p$ be a prime number, and let $r\geq 1.$
In a paper I'm reading, one can find the following result.
Proposition. If $f$ is reducible modulo ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Question related to the number of rational curves on a hypersurface

The following is from a PhD thesis "Algebraic Circle Method" by Thibaut Pugin, which I am currently reading.
Let $k$ be a finite field of order $q$.
Let $\mathfrak{X} \subseteq \mathbb{P}^n_k$ be ...

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votes

**1**answer

158 views

### Inequality for Laguerre polynomials

Let $L_n$ be the $n$-th Laguerre polynomial defined by
$\quad
L_n
(x)=\frac{e^x}{n!}\frac{d^n}{dx^n}(x^n e^{-x}).\quad
$
I want to prove that
$$
\forall n\in \mathbb N,\forall x\ge 0,\quad \sum_{0\le ...

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votes

**1**answer

517 views

### Absolute convergence of logarithm of polynomial with positive coefficient ($\ln G(z) = \sum\limits_{i = 0}^\infty {{q_i}{z^i}} $)

Special problem: Let $G(z)$ be a probability generating function(pgf, the $z$ can be seen as real number or complex number), that is
$$G(z) = \sum\limits_{i = 0}^\infty {{p_i}{z^i}} ,(\left| z ...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

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### Zeroes of a complex polynomial on a sphere as a manifold

Let $ f \in \mathbb{C}[z_1, \ldots, z_n]$ be a polynomial such that $f'(z) \neq 0$ if $z \neq 0$ ($f'$ means $\left( \frac{\partial f}{\partial z_1}, \ldots, \frac{\partial f}{\partial z_n}\right)$ ). ...

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votes

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### Number of rational curves on varieties over finite fields

Let $k$ be a finite field. Let $P_r$ be set of degree $r$ binary forms
over $k$.
We define
$$
\mathcal{M}_r = \{ (x_0, ..., x_n) \in P_r^{n+1} : x_0^d + ... + x_n^d = 0 \text{ and the }x_i \text{'s ...

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votes

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### Multivariate Hermite Polynomials

Let $h_0, h_1, \dots$ be the classical univariate Hermite polynomials, renormalized to have constant norm. Is
$$x\mapsto\prod_{j=1}^n h_{l_j}(x_j), \quad l_j\in \mathbb N$$
a complete orthogonal ...

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votes

**2**answers

425 views

### Minimum number of variables on which a multivariate polynomial depends?

Let $p:F_2^n\rightarrow F_2$ be a multivariate polynomial, let's say of degree 3. (Both the degree and the order of the field could probably be replaced by other constants without affecting this ...

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votes

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### Would such polynomial identity exist? (related to sum of four squares)

Let $f_1,f_2,f_3,f_4,f_5 \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ be linear and
coprime and not all constant.
Is it possible $ f_1^2+f_2^2+f_3^2+f_4^2=f_5^2$?
I suppose the answer is negative.
If this is possible, ...

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votes

**0**answers

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### Bounding volume of cell in complement of zero set

I am given an integer polynomial $f \in \mathbb{Z}[X_1, \ldots, X_n]$ of bounded degree and bounded coefficient size. The polynomial's zero set partitions $\mathbb{R}^n$ into cells. What I am looking ...

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votes

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### Must the coordinates of a polynomial iteration have about the same size?

Original post. The following statements seem plausible (not to say intuitively obvious), but I do not see how to prove them.
Let us say that a polynomial mapping of $\mathbb{C}^2$ is reducible if ...

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votes

**1**answer

116 views

### Positivity of coefficients of a power series

How does one check for the positivity of coefficients of a rational function,say, for example $\frac{p_1(x,t)}{(1-xt)(1-x^2t)(1-x^3t)}$ where $p_1(x,t) = 1 + tx + 2t^2x^2 - 3x^3t^2 -x^5t^3 - ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

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### Irreducibility of reflexive compositions of polynomials (II)

Given an unknown polynomial $p \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$, write on the blackboard a finite expression that defines a polynomial $q \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ by using only constants $1, x, p$ of the ring ...

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votes

**0**answers

155 views

### square-free parts of values of polynomials

Given a polynomial $f(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ of degree $d$, consider the following three sets:
$$N_1(x) = \#\{k \leq x: f(k) \text{ is square-free}\}$$
$$N_2(x) = \#\{n \leq x: n = f(k) \text{ is ...

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votes

**1**answer

265 views

### Minimize norm of a polynomial around a circle (count the solutions)

I already posted this question at MSE here, but as it received no significative feedback for a while I cross-post it here.
I also noticed a related question here on MO (which does not answer my ...

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votes

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206 views

### Finding roots of a recursively given polynomial sequence / eigenvalues of an almost Toeplitz matix

I would like to find the roots of the polynomial sequence given by a recurrence relation as follows:
$V_0(x) = 1-a^2$
$V_1(x) = 1-a^2 - x$
$V_{k \geq 2}(x) = (1+a^2 - x)V_{k-1}(x) - a^2V_{k-2}(x)$
...

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votes

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### An algebraic number is not a root of unity?

This problem is related to my study of the Burau representation of the braid group $B_3$: I was trying to show that certain "congruence subgroups" are of infinite index.
There is an approach that ...

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votes

**2**answers

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### A curious identity related to finite fields

To three elements $a_1$, $a_2$, $a_3$ in the finite field $\mathbb F_q$
of $q$ elements we associate the number $N(a_1,a_2,a_3)$
of elements $a_0\in \mathbb F_q$ such that the polynomial
...

**1**

vote

**1**answer

79 views

### Polynomials are dense in $A_{B(0,1)}$

Let $D(0,1)$ be the disk of center 0 and radius 1 and call $A_{D(0,1)}= \{ f:\overline{D(0,1)} \rightarrow \mathbb{C} : f \text{ is continuous and } f|_{D(0,1)} \text{ is holomorphic} \}$.
Can ...

**0**

votes

**1**answer

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### Generators of cyclic group of finite fields

Let $F$ be a finite field and $f(x)\in F[X]$ be an irreducible polynomial of degree $n$. Let $\alpha$ be a root of $f(x)$. So $E:=F[\alpha]$ is a finite field of order $|F|^{n}$.
We know that ...

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votes

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210 views

### Is there an oscillating analog of the Gaussian distribution?

It frequently happens that, in some famillies of polynomials with positive coefficients, the coefficients of large polynomials look like a bell curve and tend to the distribution function of the ...

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votes

**1**answer

359 views

### Probability that random cubic polynomials meet in a square

Let $p_1(x)$ and $p_2(x)$ be cubic polynomials with
random coefficients in $[-1,1]$.
I wanted to compute the probability that $p_1$ and $p_2$
share at least one point within
the square $[-1,1]^2$.
Of ...

**1**

vote

**0**answers

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### Given a multivariate polynomial with even degree, can we find its tightest convex polynomial 'envelop'?

To be specific, given a multivariate polynomial function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ with even degree $2d$, can we construct a convex polynomial function $g$, such that:
$\forall ...

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votes

**1**answer

532 views

### Real-rootedness, interlacing, root-bounds of a sequence of polynomials

Problem: the number $a(n,k)$ is defined by the following recurrence
\begin{equation}
a(n,k)=(k+1)(k+2)\, a(n-1, k)+\frac{(k+1)(k+2)(k+3)}{k} \,a(n-1, k-1),
\end{equation}
with $a(1,1)=1$ and ...

**0**

votes

**0**answers

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### Threshold approximation with positive coefficients polynomials

Consider the family of polynomials $\{p_n\}$, each of degree $n$, such that for every polynomial $p = \sum_{i}c_{i}x^{i}$, $c_i \ge 0$ for every $i$ and $\sum_{i}c_i = 1$.
Let $T$ be the ...

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votes

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### Can we decompose a polynomial into difference of convex polynomials?

Given a multivariate polynomial $p(x_1, ..., x_n)$ on $\mathbb{R}^n$, can we always decompose it into the difference of two convex polynomials? i.e., is there a pair of convex polynomials $f$ and $g$, ...