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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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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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 $g$, ...
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a second order difference equation related to a real polynomials which seems to have only real roots

I am seeking solutions to the following difference equation: $$2c_k-c_{k-1}-c_{k+1}=\ln(k+A)-\ln(k+B)$$ where $A>B>0$. This equation is related to a real polynomial (see here) which I want to ...
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unique positive real root fast computation

What is the fastest way to compute the value of the unique positive real root corresponding to the following polynom: :p(x) = a*x^5 + b*x^4 + c*x^3 + d*x^2 + e*x - f = 0 where a, b, c, d, e, f are ...
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A palindromic polynomial and its derivative have the same number of zeros outside the unit circle. Reference?

I am trying to find the original reference for a lemma attributed to Cohn (as in Schur-Cohn method): Let $A(z)$ be a palindromic or skew-palindromic polynomial, and denote its derivative by ...
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Irreducibility of a resultant of real and imaginary parts of a characteristic polynomial

The following question is motivated by the study of a stability border for a robust linear time-invariant control system. Let us we have an affine family of $n\times n$ matrices with indeterminate ...
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Zeros of polynomials related to Jensen polynomial associated with Riemann xi function $\xi(x)$

We encountered polynomials defined by the recursive relations for the coefficients $b_k>0$ as defined below: $$p_{n}(x)=\sum_{k=0}^{n}\binom{2n}{2k}b_k x^k$$ ...
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Truncated sums of symmetric polynomials; reference request for an algebraic derivation

EDIT: This is a case of being too wrapped up in a formulation ($e_j,p_i,$ and the like) to try something simple. It did not occur to me to pull exp to the outside in the weeks I have stared at this. ...
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Powers of linear functions span the space of polynomial functions?

Let $P_n$ be the space of polynomials in $n$ variables over a field of characteristic 0. I'm very sure that the space spanned by powers of linear functions is the whole space $P_n$. Anyone can come ...
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What is maximum number of m-complex solutions to a order n polynomial (say with real coefficients)?

I know the answer is n^2 for bicomplex numbers. Does anyone know if a general answer has been found for m-complex numbers ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multicomplex_number)?
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Finding an interpolating polynomial on a set of points such that the polynomial only has extrema on those points

Suppose that we have an arbitrary set of points $S\subseteq\mathbb{C^2}$ and want to find a polynomial $P(X)$ such that $(x,y)\in S\Rightarrow y=P(x)$ and $P'(x)=0\Rightarrow (x, P(x))\in S$. In other ...
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Can a polynomial be almost always divisible by a member of a finite set of primes?

Special case of Bunyakovsky conjecture Let $f(x)$ be non-constant irreducible polynomial with integer coefficients, no fixed prime factor and positive leading coefficient. Let $S$ be a finite set of ...
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Irreducibility of a class of polynomials

This question is directly inspired by this question. Consider polynomials of the form $$p(x) = \prod_{i=1}^n(x-i)^2 - d.$$ For which values of $n$ and $d$ is $p(x)$ irreducible? There is a theorem of ...
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For which constant $d$ this polynomial is reducible over $\mathbb Q$? [closed]

Let $$f(x)=(x-1)^2(x-2)^2(x-3)^2\cdots(x-2013)^2+2014\tag{1}$$ Prove or disprove: $f(x)$ is reducible over $\mathbb Q$. See :http://www-irma.u-strasbg.fr/~bugeaud/travaux/PolyaType.pdf ...
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Can you efficiently solve a system of quadratic multivariate polynomials?

Given a system of 2nd-degree polynomials, $P=\{p_1,\dots,p_m\}$ where $p_i: \mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$, can you efficiently find a common zero of all of these polynomials? In other words, ...
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The Poisson-kernel in the plane and polynomials

Let \begin{align*} p(z) & = \ \prod_{j = 1}^{n} (z - z_j) \, ; \ |z_j| \ = \ 1 \\ & = \ \prod_{j = 1}^{l+1} (z - z_j)^{M_j} \end{align*} be a non-constant complex polynomial with ...
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Relating the roots of polynomials to the solution sets of certain functional equations

Consider a functional equation of the following form: $$\sum_{k=0}^n a_k\,\underbrace{f(f(\cdots f}_{k}(x)\cdots )=0\quad \big(f:\,\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R},\;a_i\in ...
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Characterizing $\mathbb{Q}[X]$ via a property of its tensor powers

Let $\varphi: \mathbb{Q}[X] \longrightarrow R$ an inclusion of commutative rings. Suppose that the map $$- \circ \varphi: \operatorname{Hom}_{\mathbb{Q}\operatorname{-alg}}(R, R^{\otimes_{\mathbb{Q}} ...
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Reducibility of polynomials maps

Motivated by this question. Let $f \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ or$f \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ . Consider the sequence $f(x),f(f(x)), \ldots f^n(x)$. If some $f^k(x)$ is reducible, the rest iterates will be ...
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Bounds on coefficients of factors of a multivariate polynomial

Given a multivariate polynomial $F(x, y, ..)$ what is the smallest bound B that can be quickly found such that $|G|_{\infty} \le B$ for all factors $G$ of $F$. (I'm using $|G|_{\infty}$ to denote the ...
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Irreducibility of reflexive compositions of polynomials

Let $m$ be a positive integer. For $k = 1, 2, 3, ... m$, fix $g_k(x_1, ..., x_{k + 1}) \in \mathbb{Z}[x_1, ..., x_{k + 1}]$. For any polynomial $p(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$, let $P_0(x) = p(x), P_1(x) ...
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The holomorphic version of Galois theory

We identify the space of polynomials of degree n with $\mathbb{C}^{n+1}-\mathbb{C}^{n}$, that is an $n+1$ tuple $(a_{n},a_{n-1},\ldots,a_{0})$ with $a_{n} \neq 0$ is identified with $p(z)=a_{n}z^{n} ...
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Irreducible polynomials in $\mathbb{Q}_p((X))[Y]$

I'm looking for some criteria for the irreducibility of polynomials with coefficients in $\mathbb{Q}_p((X))$. In particular, is the polynomial $Y^2+1$ irreducible over $\mathbb{Q}_3((X))$? And how ...
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Is there an integer a such that f(X)+a is irreducible in Z[X]?

Let $f\in\mathbb{Z}[X]$ be an irreducible polynomial. Is there an integer $a\neq 0$ such that $f(X)+a$ is also irreducible in $\mathbb{Z}[X]$? Can this be also extended to $\mathbb{Q}[X]$?
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Random algebraic numbers are linearly disjoint almost surely?

I already posted this question at MSE here, but since it received no answer or comment so far I cross-post it here. It is well-known that if one considers a “random” monic polynomial of fixed degree, ...
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If the sequence of degrees of the iterates of a self-map of $\mathbb{A}^2$ is bounded, is it eventually periodic?

Let $f : \mathbb{A}_k^2 \to \mathbb{A}_k^2$ be a regular self-map of the affine plane over a field $k$ of characteristic zero. Assume that the sequence $(\deg{f^n})_{n \in \mathbb{N}}$ is bounded. Is ...
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How “accidental” are equalities between parts of Ehrhart quasi-polynomials? When do they persist to Euler-Maclaurin?

Background What I think of Ehrhart theory (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ehrhart_polynomial) asserts that if we take a lattice polytope $P$, and count the number of lattice points in the $t$th ...
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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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Knots indistinguishable by HOMFLY

Is there any list (incomplete of course) of knots, that have similar HOMFLY polynomials? I am mainly interested in torus knots.
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Irreducibility testing and factoring

It is a result of van Hoeij and Novicin (Algorithmica, 2012) that factoring polynomials of degree $d$ over the integers can be done in $O(d^6 + d^4 \log^2 A)$ time, where $A$ is the coefficient bound. ...
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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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Are there any efficient (polynomial time) algorithms for finding if a multivariate quadratic polynomial has a root?

I know that in general, polynomial satisfiability is NP; however, I'm curious to know what work has been done on special classes of polynomials, and in particular quadratic polynomials of multiple ...
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Bounds on the largest root of a polynomial

Consider the following polynomial: $p(x)=x^{3}-(k-1)x^{2}-(2k-1)x+(k-1)^{2}$, where $k \geq 5$ is a fixed parameter. I am trying to find a strong lower bound on the largest root $x_{\max}$ of the ...
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Do interpolation nodes have to be dense?

Let $f(x) = \exp(x)$ and $(\xi_i)_{i=0}^\infty, \, \xi_i \in (0,1)$ be a sequence of points from the unit interval. For $n \in \mathbb{N}$ let $P_n$ be a polynomial of degree $n$ that interpolates ...
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When $x^n - (x+a)^{n-k} (x+b)^k$ is irreducible?

Fix a nonzero integer $a$ and a positive integer $k$. I'm looking for some criterion to establish for which nonzero integers $b$ and $n \geq 2$ the polynomial $$f(x) := x^n - (x+a)^{n-k} (x+b)^k$$ is ...
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Irreducible Polynomials from a Reccurence

This question is inspired by a recent one : Let $c$ be a variable and define a sequence by $a_0=0$ $a_1=1$ and $a_{n+1}=a_{n}c-a_{n-1}$ . So $$\begin{align*} a_2 &= c \\ a_3 &={c}^{2}-1= ...
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Cayley-Hamilton revisited

Let $(A_i)_i$ be $n\times n$ matrices with entries in a field $K$ with characteristic $0$. We consider the equation (1) $f(X)=A_kX^k+\cdots+A_1X+A_0=0_n$ where $X\in\mathcal{M}_n(K)$ is unknown. Let ...
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noncommutative polynomials equality

Suppose $x$, $y$, $z$ are three variables satisfying $yz=zy$, $zx=xz$, $xy=yzx$. Could anyone give me two (non-commutative) polynomials $f$ and $g$ in the above three variables such that the ...
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What can we say about a semigroup that's acted on by an ideal of polynomials?

This got no response on MSE, so posting here. Let $S = \{ (a,b) \in \Bbb{Z}^2 : \gcd(a,b) \neq 1 \} \cup (1,1)$. Then $S$ forms a semigroup. The operation being componentwise multiplication. Let ...
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Probability of coprime polynomials

Given positive integer $N$, we choose $m_1, m_2, n_1, n_2$ independently and with equal probabilities from $\{0,1,\ldots,N\}$, and let $f_1 = x^{m_1} + (1+x)^{n_1}$ and $f_2 = x^{m_2} + (1+x)^{n_2}$ ...
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Finding a simpler “local” lower bound for a rational function

I have obtained as the expression for some quantity the following gargantuan formula: $$ \frac{k^8 + 3k^7 + 8k^6 + 3k^5 - 16k^4 - 32k^3 + 63k^2 - 34k + 6}{k^6 + 3k^5 + 6k^4 - 24k^2 + 21k - 5}$$. ...