# Tagged Questions

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### Zeros of polynomials with real positive coefficients

The following problem arose in collaborative work with Subhro Ghosh:
Question: To any polynomial $P_n(z)=\sum_{i=0}^n a_i z^i =a_n \prod_{i=1}^n(z-z_i)$, attach the empirical measure of zeros
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### Jack symmetric functions and their inner products

I have some questions regarding Jack polynomials. I use the notation of of I.G. Macdonald's book "Symmetric Functions and Hall polynomials".
Let $\Lambda$ be the ring of symmetric functions over ...

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### Polynomials giving Lower Degree Elements in an Algebraic Number Field

My earlier related question
Lower Degree Elements in an Algebraic Number Field
has been given a clean answer for the first part. My present question is below:
Take a number field ...

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### Irreducibility of the trinomial over Q

I'm trying to find an algebraic proof of irreducibility of the polynomial $x^n-x-1$ over rational numbers (or integers, which the same). I've read the Selmer's paper "On the irreducibility of certain ...

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### Existence of non-trivial solution to non linear polynomial system

I need to find conditions for the existence of non-trivial solutions to a multivariable polynomial system in two cases:
The first case:
$f1: a_1x^2+a_2xy+a_3y^2+a_4z^2=0$
$f2: ...

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### Freeness of a Z[x]-module

Definition: Call a mapping $f: \mathbb{Z} \rightarrow \mathbb{Z}$
a generalized polynomial if for any distinct integers $m$ and $n$
we have $(m - n)|(f(m)-f(n))$.
It is easy to check that polynomial ...

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### Special values of continuous q - Hermite polynomials

The continuous $q-$Hermite polynomials are defined by
$${H_{n + 1}}(x|q) = 2x{H_n}(x|q) +( {q^n}-1){H_{n - 1}}(x|q)$$
with initial values ${H_{ - 1}}(x|q) = 0$ and ${H_0}(x|q) = 1.$
Cf. e.g. ...

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### Reducing a System of Polynomial Equations

I am currently writing a program in SAGE which computes Nilpotent Orbit Varieties for an Algebraic Geometry research project and I have reduced my problem to the following:
Consider a system of ...

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### Bounding Roots of a Polynomial by Coefficients

I'm using Samuelson's result and a chapter from Marden's monograph "The Geometry of Polynomials". These are sophisticated results. Are these independent from the Jury-Cohn test to show that a ...

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### Bass' stable range of $\mathbf Z[X]$

Let $n$ be a positive integer and $A$ be a commutative ring. The ring $A$ is said to be of Bass stable range $\mathrm{sr}(A)\leq n$ if for $a, a_1, \dots, a_n \in A$ one has the following implication:
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### Minimal representation of a polynomial as a linear combination of squares

Given a polynomial of degree $2n$ over $\mathbb{Q}$, how to represent it as a linear combination (with rational coefficients) of squares of polynomials of degree at most $n$ over $\mathbb{Q}$ such ...

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### Are roots of transcendental elements transcendental?

This looks extremely easy, but then again it's late at night...
Let $k$ be a commutative ring with unity. An element $a$ of a $k$-algebra $A$ is said to be transcendental over $k$ if and only if ...

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### Polynomials and divided differences

I would greatly appreciate any hint for proving the following.
Question: Let $f:[0, 1] \to {\bf R}$. Can it be proved that if $[0, 1/(N+m),\dots, (N+m)/(N+m) ; f ]=0$ for all $m=1,2, 3,\dots$, then ...

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### Help me on proof of an equation.

I wanna prove following equation
$ \sum_{i=1}^n \prod_{k=1,k\neq i}^n \prod_{j=1,j\neq k}^{n+1}(x_j - x_k) = -\prod_{i=1}^n \prod_{j=1,j\neq i}^n (x_j - x_i) $
I have verified several numbers such as ...

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### common roots of bivariate polynomial equations

Let $f(x,y)=0$ and $g(x,y)=0$ be bivariate polynomial equations where the polynomials have the same degree, say, $N\geq 3$. Furthermore, both of them have the same terms but different coefficients. ...

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### identity for number of monomials

Fix a positive integer $d \geq 2$, and let $n,k$ be natural numbers with $k \leq n$.
Let $b(n,k)$ denote the number of monomials of degree $kd-(n+1)$ in $n+1$ variables $x_0,\ldots,x_n$ with all ...

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### Algebraic closure of a polynomial ring

What could be conditions on $k\in\mathbb{C}[x,y,z]$ that would ensure that any polynomial $f\in\mathbb{C}[x,y,z]$ that is algebraically dependent of $k$ is indeed a polynomial in $k$, ie ...

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### Resultant of system with 3 polynomials and 3 variables

Let us say I have a system of 3 polynomials, f1(x,y,z), f2(x,y,z), f3(x,y,z). How to find the resultant of these 3 polynomials? What I mean is: is there any special method to do this? Does the ...

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### Existence of nontrivial roots of a homogeneous polynomial over a finite field in extension fields

Consider a homogeneous polynomial, f, of total degree n in n variables, with coefficients in a prime order finite field, GF(p).
Are there any general rules regarding the existence of nontrivial roots ...

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### Multivariate polynomial approximation of smooth functions

Let $f$ be a function defined on $[-1,1]^d$. Assume that all partial derivatives of $f$ up to order $r$ are continuous; and the $\infty$-norm of these partial derivatives are uniformly upper bounded ...

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### How to show an ideal is Zero-dimensional [closed]

I have the following past exam paper question, a similar sort of question seems to come up every year.. And i'm completely lost with it...
Let $J$ denote the ideal in $\mathbb{Q}[x,y,z]$ generated by ...

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### Zeros of compositions of polynomials and derivatives

Suppose we have polynomials $f$ and $g$ over a field $F$ and for some $a\in F$ we know $(x-a)^m$ divides $f\circ g$, i.e. $f\circ g$ has a zero of order $m$ at $a$. Then we have that $(x-a)^{m-n}$ ...

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### When integer polynomials take integer values, does their GCD also take integer values?

Suppose you have two polynomials $P$ and $Q$ with integer coefficients. Let their GCD (more specifically, the smallest integer multiple of the GCD in $\mathbb Q$ such that all the coefficients are ...

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### Why can an infinite-order polynomial be written as the ratio of two finite-order polynomials?

I am studying GARCH processes in Time Series Analysis by Hamilton.
Something that has regularly been used in the book is the assumption that an infinite-order polynomial can be written as the ratio ...

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### A basis of the symmetric power consisting of powers

I have asked this question on math.se, but did not get an answer - I was quite surprised because I thought that lots of people must have though about this before:
Let $V$ be a complex vector space ...

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### What is the correspondence between combinatorial problems and the location of the zeroes of polynomials called?

(From MSE)
In the wikipedia article on the Italian-born American mathematician and philosopher Gian-Carlo Rota, it is stated that the one combinatorial idea he would like to be remembered for
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### Ideal membership (concerning polynomial invariants of orthogonal groups)

Let $\mathbb F _q$ be finite field of odd characteristic and consider the polynomials
$$ \xi_i = x_1^{q^i+1} - x_2^{q^i+1} + x_3^{q^i+1} - x_4^{q^i+1} \in \mathbb F_q[x_1,x_2,x_3,x_4].$$
I'm ...

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### Prime ideals in polynomial rings over integers

Im trying to find a characterization of the prime ideals in the polynomial ring $R = \mathbb Z[X,Y]$ in two variables over the integers.
Actually I need to find the maximal ideals in quotient rings ...

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### $a^5+b^5=c^5+d^5$ and polynomial identities

No nontrivial integer solutions to $$ a^5+b^5=c^5+d^5 \qquad (1)$$ are known.
(1) has infinitely many solutions in an extension of $\mathbb{Z}$
(root of $9-15x+37x^2 $ ) resulting
from genus 0 curve ...

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### Is there an algorithm to decide if an ideal contains monomials?

Let $I\subset k[x_1,\dots,x_n]$ be an ideal in a polynomial ring in commuting variables. Is there a procedure to decide if $I$ contains a monomial and possibly to find one?
Gröbner bases come to ...

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### How many polynomial Morse functions on the sphere?

Let $f$ be a homogeneous polynomial of degree $d$ in $n$ variables. Restricted to the unit sphere $S^{n-1}$, it might or might not be a Morse function.
If $f$ is a Morse function of degree $1$, you ...

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### Why are all these families of polynomials finally log-concave?

This started when I was examining certain families of unimodal polynomials, i.e. $\sum_{k=0}^n a_kx^k$ where $a_0\le a_1\le\cdots \le a_k\ge\cdots \ge a_n$.
(Notation: in the following, the $a_k$ ...

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### Have we ever proved any non-solvable case of reciprocity without the Langlands program ?

The reciprocity of the title is the following not completely well-posed problem:
Fix $P(X)$ a monic irreducible polynomial of degree $n$, with coefficients in $\mathbb Z$. "Describe"
(in some sense) ...

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### Put positive polynomial in finite intersection of half-spaces

This is a cross-posting of a MSE question (which did not attract any attention there so far).
Denote by $V={\mathcal P}_{n,d}$ the space of polynomials in $n$ variables with degree at most $d$, ...

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### Two Different Representations of Multivariate Bernstein Polynomials

In the literature the multivariate Bernstein polynomial of a function $f:[0,1]^m\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$ is often defined as the following:
$$B_{f,n}(x_1,\dots,x_m)=\sum_{\mathbf{k}\in ...

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### Algebraic Independence of Polynomials in n Variables with Real Coefficients

I am considering the problem of determining the algebraic independence of $n$ polynomials in $m$ variables with real coefficients, where $m \geq n$. The variables will be denoted by $a_{1}, a_{2}, ... ...

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### Is the evaluation of polynomial functors appropriately continuous?

I'd like a nice proof of the following fact.
Let $C$ and $D$ be categories, and let $\mathbf{Cat}/(C\times D)$ be the usual (1-categorical) slice category whose objects are triples $(X,F\colon X\to ...

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### Generalization of the equilateral triangle?

I consider points in the two-dimensional plane.
An equilateral triangle is a set of three points in the plane which are equidistant.
Suppose now I have $n$ points $x_1,...,x_n$. What is the ...

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### Polynomials satisfying a three-term recurrence

Let ${p_n}(x) = x{p_{n - 1}}(x) - {a_{n - 2}}{p_{n - 2}}(x)$ for some numbers ${a_n}$ with initial values ${p_{ - 1}}(x) = 0$ and ${p_0}(x) = 1.$
By Favard’s theorem about orthogonal polynomials ...

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### When adding a constant makes a multivariate polynomial reducible?

Given a multivariate polynomial $f(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ with integer coefficients, how to find an integer $m$ (if it exists) such that $f(x_1,\dots,x_n) + m$ factors into polynomials of smaller degrees?
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### When polynomial f(x^2) can be factored as g(x)·g(-x) ?

In relation to my question Expression for the sum of square roots of zeros of a polynomial
How to characterize polynomials $f(x)$ with rational coefficients such that $f(x^2)=g(x)\cdot g(-x)$ where ...

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### Transformation of a bivariate polynomial into a homogeneous one

For a given a bivariate polynomial $P(x,y)$ with rational coefficients:
Q1. How compute such (invertible) substitutions of its variables that would transform the polynomial into a homogeneous one? In ...

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### Expression for the sum of square roots of zeros of a polynomial

Let $f(x)$ be a polynomial of degree $n$ with rational coefficients whose zeroes are nonnegative real numbers: $x_1, \dots, x_n\geq 0$.
General question. Does there exist a simple expression for the ...

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### Homogenous polynomials as sum or differences of squares and symmetric polynomials

I seem to recall that a general homogenous real polynomial $P$ of even degree in $n$ variables, $n\geq 3,$
cannot always be expressed as $P(x_1,\dotsc,x_n)=\sum_j a_j Q_j^2(x_1,\dotsc,x_n)$ where $a_j ...

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### Polynomial with all zeros on a circle and many real coefficients

On a circle (or a line) $\Omega$ in the complex plane that is not symmetric w.r.t. the real axis, choose $n\ge5$ distinct points $z_1,...,z_n$ and consider the polynomial ...

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### Reducing system of polynomials with symbolic factors

Getting nowhere with maple using its triangularize and groebner decompositions for even moderate size systems with any symbolic factors. Any suggestions on how better to approach this would be ...

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### Hilbert's Theorem on $L_2$ norm of polynomials in $\mathbb{Z}[X]$ - Explicit construction and a converse?

Consider the set of polynomials with real coefficients as a vector space with the following inner-product: $\langle f, g \rangle = \int_{a}^{b} f(x)g(x) dx$.
Hilbert showed, in a paper from 1894, ...

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### Inequality on Trigonometric polynomials

My question comes from trying to understand a technical step in this paper by Bourgain.
Let $R,L$ be positive integers and let $f(x)=\sum_{|n|\leq RL}a_ne^{2\pi inx}$ be a trigonometric polynomial. ...

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### A “known” Pythagorean identity in algebra?

Some will recognize this as similar to a question I asked before, but
I want to ask it without the trigonometry.
Let $e_k$ be the $k$th-degree elementary symmetric polynomial in
$x_1,x_2,x_3,\ldots$. ...

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### On reducible polynomials with positive coefficients, $1$ as constant coefficient and certain bounds on coefficients

Given $a \in \mathbb{Z}$ with $a > 1$. Let $g(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ be a polynomial with $g(a)=\pm 1$. Let $h(x) \in \mathbb{Z}[x]$ be a polynomial with $h(a)= p$, a prime. Let $g(x)$ and $h(x)$ ...