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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 ...
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Is the set of certain polynomials finite or infinite?

Let us consider the set of all polynomials with the following properties: i) all coefficients are integer; ii) the leading coefficient equals one; iii) all zeros are real and simple and belonging ...
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How many isolated roots can a polynomial in $z$ and $\overline{z}$ have?

This is probably well-known by I can't find it now online. My guess is that if the degree is $n$ then it's $2n$ but it's just a hunch. EDIT: This is an edited version. Before I asked about roots ...
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Behavior of elementary symmetric polynomials near zero sets

It is straightforward to show (see Characterizing intersection of zero sets of elementary symmetric polynomials on R^n) that the set of points $\Lambda_{k}$ in $x \in \mathbb{R}^{n}$ with ...
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Polynomial (non-)embedding of a simplex in euclidean space

Let $\Delta$ be a standard $k$-simplex, and let $f:\Delta\to\mathbb R^N$ be a polynomial map with known numerical coefficients. What sort of practical computational algorithms can be used to ...
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What are the minimal degrees of the real and imaginary part of an algebraic complex number? [closed]

Let $z=a+bi\in\mathbb C$ with $b\ne0$ be an algebraic complex number of minimal degree $n$. It is obvious that $a=\dfrac {z+\bar{z}}2$ and $b=\dfrac {z-\bar{z}}{2i}$ are also algebraic. For $n=3$, it ...
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Uniqueness of the maximum derivative of a rational function

This may seem like an elementary question, but bear with me; you'll find that it is actually quite hard. Consider the function $$f(x)=\frac{a_nx^n}{\sum_{i=0}^n a_ix^i}$$ with all $a_i\geq 0$ and ...
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Real points of zero-dimensional real algebraic varieties

There have been a number of discussions of zeros of random polynomials here (the most recent being: Why do roots of polynomials tend to have absolute value close to 1?). Here is a closely related ...
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Integrals involving trigonometric functions and polynomes

Let $P(x)$ be a real polynome. Specify all such $P(x)$ that one of the next integrals converge: $$ \int_0^{\infty} sin(P(x))dx, \int_0^{\infty} cos(P(x))dx ? $$ Among special cases are such ...
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A number array related to colored necklaces and the primes

I stumbled upon entry OEIS-A208535 on the enumeration of certain kinds of colored necklaces and noticed that the integers for the odd prime rows of the table there seem to be given by the Moreau ...
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A question on polynomials

Let $D=\{0,1\}$. Are there infinite values of $n\in \Bbb N$ for which there is a polynomial $p(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)\in \Bbb R[x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n]$ and a rational function $r(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)\in \Bbb ...
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Discriminant of a polynomial in two variables

I want to compute the discriminant of the following polynomial $$ F(X,Y)=X^mY^n+\sum_{i=0}^{m-1}\sum_{j=0}^{n-1}c_{ij}X^iY^j. $$ Here the discriminate means the equation $D(c_{i,j})$ in the variables ...
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Rational functions and polynomials evaluated on a set of points

Let $S$ be a collection of points on the real line. Let $\{x_i\}_{i=1}^n$ take values in $S$. Consider a polynomial $p(x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n)$ over $\mathbb R[x_1,x_2,\dots,x_n]$ of degree $d$ which ...
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For a Sum-of-Squares cost functions J(x) is it true that J(x)-j* is also SOS?

For polynomial optimization problems the sum-of-squares theory and Lasserre relaxation hierarchy provides a theoretically handy way of getting the solution. There are also results saying that finite ...
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About the maximum degree of multivariate polynomial interpolation

It is well known that in the univariate case, to interpolate $k$ points in $\mathbb{R}$, we need to use a polynomial of degree $k-1$. My question is about multivariate polynomial interpolation in ...
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Rings of algebraic integers as quotients of polynomial rings

The ring of integers $\mathcal{O}_K$ of a number field $K$ is always isomorphic to some ring of the form $\mathbb{Z}[x_1, ..., x_r]/\mathfrak{p}$, where $\mathfrak{p} \subset \mathbb{Z}[x_1, ..., ...
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Why are the angular differences of these random complex polynomial coefficients almost constant?

This is based on მამუკა ჯიბლაძე's (not-)answer here. I guess it is better to make up a new thread for it. Let me repeat the setup here: We consider polynomials whose complex roots are randomly ...
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Reciprocal polynomials with roots off the unit circle

A polynomial is called reciprocal if its coefficients read forwards are the same as those read backward - there is an obvious translation of reciprocal polynomials into cosine polynomials (since a ...
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Multivariate polynomial interpolations

I have a multi-variate, continuous function from $R^n$ to $R$, which I can query for its output for any input. I would like to create an interpolation of that function by sampling a subset of the ...
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Algorithm for finding irreducible polynomials in finite field extensions

Let $K(\alpha_1,\ldots,\alpha_n)/K=\tilde{K}/K$ be a finite field extension and suppose we know $\text{irr}(\alpha_1,K)(x),\ldots,\text{irr}(\alpha_n,K)(x)\in K[x]$. Suppose also that we have a basis ...
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Why do roots of polynomials tend to have absolute value close to 1?

While playing around with Mathematica I noticed that most polynomials with real coefficients seem to have most complex zeroes very near the unit circle. For instance, if we plot all the roots of a ...
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Bound the degree of the generator of polynomial ring

Suppose we are given two polynomial rings $R_1$ and $R_2$ by presenting their generators, $S_1$ and $S_2$, where $S_i$ are finite set of $m_i$ variables, $i.e.$, $S_i\subset ...
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Does one real radical root imply they all are?

Is there an example of an irreducible polynomial $f(x) \in \mathbb{Q}[x]$ with a real root expressible in terms of real radicals and another real root not expressible in terms of real radicals?
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Modular polynomials for elliptic curves point counting

The Schoof-Elkies-Atkin (SEA) algorithm (for counting points on elliptic curves over a finite field) performs computations over polynomials modulo some modular polynomials. Originally the "classical" ...
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On monotonicity of the roots of polynomials

I feel that the question that I am posting is not a general research level question but probably some special form of it where the behaviors of the roots of polynomials are studied. Here is my ...
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Is the identification between symmetric tensors and homogeneous polynomials useful?

The general question: Given an $n$-dimensional vector space $V$ over a field $k$, there exists an identification $$\mathrm{Sym}^d(V) \sim k[x_1, \dots, x_n]_d$$ between the space of symmetric order ...
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Puzzling CAS-detected factorization by cyclotomic polynomials [closed]

If one factorizes by CAS the expression $$x^{\frac{m(m+1)}{2}}\prod_{k=1}^m(x^k+(\frac{1}{x})^k)$$ a puzzling perfect factorization seems to be possible for all natural values of $m$. E.g. for ...
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using polynomials as lower / upper bound?

I'm interested in the question of given a differentiable and bounded function $f(\vec{x})$ (over a single variable or multiple variables, over a bounded domain $D$), finding a pair of polynomials ...
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Ways to show a system of polynomial equations has no solution

I came across the following system of polynomial equations on $X_1,\dots,X_{m-2}$: $$ \begin{cases} 2X_{2s}+\sum\limits_{t=1}^{2s-1}(-1)^tX_tX_{2s-t}=0,\quad s=1,\dots,\frac{m}{2}-1,\\ ...
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Decomposition of symmetric homogeneous polynomials

Can every symmetric polynomial of degree $r$ in $d$ variables that has no constant term be written as a sum of the $r$th powers of linear polynomials in $d$ variables and a homogeneous polynomial of ...
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Stability of real polynomials with positive coefficients

Say that a polynomial in an indeterminate $x$ with real coefficients of degree $d$ has positive coefficients if each of the coefficients of $x^d,\ldots,x^1,x^0$ is (strictly) positive. For $f$ a ...
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Looking for ways how to calculate $\Phi_n(i)$

$Φ_n(1)$ and $Φ_n(−1)$ for the cyclotomic polynomials are well-known. I am now looking for $$Φ_n(i)$$ and/or $$Φ_n(−i)$$ with i the complex unit. At this moments my endeavours result in intricate ...
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Solving polynomials of arbitrary degree

Is there any analogue of the method for expressing roots of polynomials of degree 5 with elliptic and η-functions that generalizes to polynomials of degrees n>5? More specifically: does there exist ...
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q-th powers and roots of polynomials

Let $p,q,r$ be integers with $r\ge2$; let $f$ be a polynomial of the form $f(X) = g((X+1)^r)$, which is not a $q$-th power. Let $\omega$ be a $p$-th root of unity. Prove or disprove that the ...
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Is polynomial chaos expansion interesting to surrogate surface?

I'm currently studying polynomial chaos. I want to use it for approximate surfaces but i'm not sure it's possible ? My surface is recursively defined like this : $$ F(x,t) = \underset y \sum ...
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Must the radical of polynomial evaluated at integers be small enough at least once?

Basically I am interested if the radical of polynomial evaluated at integers can be small enough at least once. Let $f \in \mathbb{Z}[x], \deg(f)>1$ be squarefree. For integer $a$ and $f(a) \ne 0$ ...
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Operator connected with Hermite polynomials

For $n \geq 1$, define the following operator $M_n$ on the ring of all polynomials with real coefficients. $$M_n P(x) = nP(x)^2 - x \int_0^x (P'(t))^2 \, \mathrm{d}t$$ Monomials $x^k$ are mapped to $n ...
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Results for resolution of equations in polynomial ring

Is there any reference for resolution of equations in a polynomial ring, such as $x^2+y^2=z^2$ in $\mathbb{C}[t]$? Thanks!
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$f(x)$ is irreducible but $f(x^n)$ is reducible

Does there exist an irreducible polynomial $f(x)\in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ with degree greater than one such that for each $n>1$, $f(x^n)$ is reducible (over $\mathbb{Z}[x]$)?
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Irreducibility of $x^m-g(y)$

Let $g(y)\in \mathbb{C}[y]$, $ m\in \mathbb{Z}_{\ge 2}$. Are there some results on the irreducibility of $x^m-g(y)$ in $\mathbb{C}[x,y]$?