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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 ...
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Upper bound on number of cells created by varieties of co-dimension 1

Say I have polynomials $p_1,p_2,\dots,p_m$ in $\mathbb{R}^n$ (ie. over $n$ variables), each of degree $d$. Is there an upper bound on the number of "regions" created by the surfaces $p_i = 0$? Let's ...
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Gauss--Lucas type theorem for tracts and higher derivatives of a polynomial

The Gauss--Lucas Theorem states that all zeros of a degree $n$ complex polynomial $p(z)$ are contained in the convex hull of the zeros of $p$. By iteration, this implies that the zeros of ...
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How to prove that two univariate polynomials are always algebraically dependent?

How to prove that two univariate polynomials(over any field) are always algebraically dependent? Also, how to prove the generalization of this question i.e if number of polynomials are more than ...
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Roots of a polynomial in a finite field related to Fermat's Last Theorem

In my class, we proved the following condition: define the polynomial $P_l(x)$ as $$P_l(x) = \sum_{r=1}^{l-1}{\frac{1}{r}x^{l-1-r}}$$ Then if for all $a \in \mathbb{Z}/l\mathbb{Z}-\{0,1\},$ ...
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Perturbing the constant term of a polynomial and implications to stability

Let $p(s)\in\mathbb{R}[s]$ be s.t. $p(0)=0$; $p(s)$ has at least one root in the right half complex plane $\{s\in\mathbb{C}\,:\,\Re\mathrm{e}(s)>0 \}$. Then for every ...
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Dimensions of two spaces

Let $R=\Bbb K[x_1,\dots,x_n]/I$ and $Z=\mathsf Z(I)$ where $\Bbb K$ is any field with $char(\Bbb K)\neq 2$. Is there a way to describe space of $f_1,f_2\in R$ that satisfies $$f_1+f_2\neq 0,\mbox{ ...
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weak form of Sendov conjecture

Suppose $p$ is a polynomial of degree $n$ and all roots $z_1,\cdots,z_n $ of $p$ are inside the unit disk. Then how to show that every disk of radius $\sqrt{2}$ and centered at $z_k$ for ...
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Starshapeness of polynomial tracts with respect to the (entire collection of) critical points contained in the tract

I recently found out (Piranian, "The Shape of Level Curves") that a polynomial tract (ie a connected component of a set of the form $G=\{z:|p(z)|<\epsilon\}$ for some $\epsilon>0$) need not be ...
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Properties and name of some polynomials

I have encountered in a problem some polynomials given by $P_k(x) = \prod_{j=0}^{k-2} (kx-j)$. I need to understand if these polynomials are known, and if they have certain special properties, as ...
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Variance of the roots of a complex polynomial

Let $P\in\mathbb{C}[X]$ be a complex polynomial of degree $n\geq 2$ with complex roots $\alpha_1, \alpha_2,\ldots, \alpha_n$. My question is about the existence of a formula for the variance of the ...
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Existence of solution for this set of polynomial equations

We are given a number $n$ and a vector $p=(p_1,p_2,\ldots,p_r)$, where $$p_1\geq p_2 \geq \ldots \geq p_r > 0 ; \ \ \ \ \sum_{i\in [r]} p_i \leq 1$$ I'm interested in proving that a solution for ...
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Proving equivalence of two sums involving Krawtchuk polynomials and binomial co-efficients

I seem to have chanced upon a new characterization for Kravchuk polynomials. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kravchuk_polynomials]. To begin with, let us define the function $\omega(n,p)$ as [Assuming ...
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counting irreducible factors

In How hard is it to compute the number of prime factors of a given integer? a question was asked on computing number of prime factors of an integer. Suppose we have a polynomial $f(X)\in \Bbb Z[X]$ ...
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Estimating polynomial approximation error in high dimension

Question Let $x \in [-1, 1]^d \subset \mathbb{R}^d$ be a $d$-dimensional variable and assume that -- given $n$ -- I have a way of computing a polynomial $p_n(x)$ of degree $n$ that approximates a ...
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bound on degree of certain polynomials

Consider $m$ polynomials $f_i$ for $i=\{1,\dots,m\}$ in $\Bbb R[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ of degree $d_i$ such that $$Z(f_i)\bigcap Z((p))\neq \emptyset$$ for the sphere $p$ passing through $\{0,1\}^n$. What is ...
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degree of polynomials in nullstellensatz

$(A)$ If $K$ is algebraically closed field, then consider $m$ polynomials $f_i$ for $i=\{1,\dots,m\}$ in $K[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ of degree $d_i$ each with no common root. We know there exists $g_i$ for ...
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Sum of two squares and implication of Bunyakovsky conjecture

Bunyakovsky's conjecture states that a polynomial with integer coefficients takes infinitely many prime values at integers, unless this is impossible for trivial reasons. Let $a_1(x), a_2(x), a_3(x), ...
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Reducible polynomials

Say one only seeks to identify whether a given polynomial over $\mathbb{Z}[x]$ is reducible, then what are the best ways known to solve this? $(1)$ If reducible, the algorithm should correctly say ...
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On reducible polynomials

Let $f(x),g(x)\in\Bbb Z[x]$ with $deg(f)>deg(g)$. Given an integer $B$, is there any algorithm that runs in $\log^c |B|$ for some fixed $c\in \Bbb R$ to find a $h(x)\in\Bbb Z[x]$ (if one exists) ...
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Does this condition imply a polynomial is a product of linear factors

Let $\Lambda$ be a lattice (i.e. $\Lambda \simeq \mathbb{Z}^n$) with a positive subcone $\Lambda^+$. Let $H: \Lambda^+ \rightarrow \mathbb{C}$ be a function such that $\forall\mu \in \Lambda^+$, ...
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Disjoint images of polynomials

Are there any $f,g \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ such that for every root of unity $\zeta$, and every $a,b \in \mathbb{Q}(\zeta)$, $f(a) \neq g(b)?$
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Name for generalization of bivariate weighted-homogeneous polynomials

A polynomial $f = \sum_j c_j X^{\alpha_j}Y^{\beta_j}\in\mathbb K[X,Y]$ is said weighted-homogeneous if there exist $p$, $q$ and $d$ (where $p$ and $q$ are not both $0$) such that ...
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Orthogonal polynomial under linear transformation

Let $M_n(x) = x^n$ be the standard monomials. The binomial formula allows one to expand $M_n(ax+b)$ as a linear combination of $M_k(x)$, for $k \leq n$, giving $$ M_n(ax+b) = (ax+b)^n = \sum_{k=0}^n ...
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Integer-valuedness of a polynomial determined by output of first n integers? [closed]

An integer-valued polynomial is a polynomial $p(x)$ such that $\forall x \in \mathbb{Z}, p(x) \in \mathbb{Z}$. Theorem: For any $n$-degree polynomial $p$, if $p(x) \in \mathbb{Z}$ for all $x \in \{0, ...
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Distributing partially known data between n parties

Assume that $n = 2r+1$. There are $n$ elements $a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n$ from a finite field $\mathcal{F}$, and $n$ parties. Each party knows the values of at least $r+1$ elements out of those $n$ ...
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Images of polynomials

Let $f,g \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ be polynomials such that $\{f(a) : a \in \mathbb{Q}\} \subseteq \{g(a) : a \in \mathbb{Q} \}$. Must there be some $h \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ such that $f(x) = g(h(x))$ for all ...
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Constructive Proof to Show that Algebraic Numbers are Algebraically Closed

EDIT2: After reading some papers, I think the question can best be rephrased as "How can the minimal polynomial for a polynomial with algebraic coefficients be calculated. I have seen papers and ...
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Polynomial-time algorithm for determining whether a polynomial is positive on $\mathbb{N}$

Does there exist a polynomial-time algorithm to determine whether a given polynomial $p(n)$ with integer coefficients is positive on $\mathbb{N}$, in the sense that $p(n) \geq 0$ for all ...
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vector space of ternary forms with real rooted property

Let $V \subseteq \mathbb{R}[x,y]_d$ be a two dimensional linear subspace of the vector space of bivariate forms of degree $d$. For each degree $d$ we can find such subspaces with the property that ...
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$\pm1$-polynomials with a maximal non-real root

For given $n$, consider a polynomial $\sum_{k=0}^na_kz^k$ with all coefficients $a_k\in\{\pm1\}$. I am interested in the following: How big can the modulus of a non-real root of such a ...
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Determining Roots of a Polynomial with Interval Estimates of Coefficients

Let $f$ be a monic univariate polynomial with real coefficients: $$f_A(x) = x^n + a_{n-1}x^{n-1} + ... + a_{0}$$ The values of $A=(a_{n-1},...,a_0)$ are unknown, but are estimated as ...
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minimal polynomial for a graph

I wonder if there is any result relating the degree $d$ of the minimal polynomial of a directed finite graph to any of its topological features - such as its diameter, or any other similar 'natural' ...
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Can Schwartz-Zippel be formulated for commutative rings instead of fields?

The polynomials which occur in the Schwartz-Zippel lemma could be defined for any commutative ring, yet the lemma is restricted to fields. This makes it inapplicable for ...
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Request for reference about bound on zeroes of the Laguerre polynomials

Consider the sequence of polynomials given as, $p^{a}_k (x) = (1 - a \frac{d}{dx})^k x^n $ for some parameter $a>0$ and $k$ being a positive integer. For any positive integer $d$ it seems to be ...
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Lower bound on number of smooth values of polynomial at primes

Given a polynomial $f$, it is known believed that the number of smooth values of $f$ has a positive proportion (for fixed $u$, $\lim_{X\rightarrow\infty} \frac{|\{ n < X\ :\ f(n)\ is\ X^u\ smooth ...
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About the roots of the matching polynomial

Can someone kindly give me an expository reference on matching polynomial and its roots? (there is a proof that they are always real?) I saw these two related discussions, Roots of matching ...