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### Statements generalizing representability of integers by binary quadratic forms to $n$-variable higher homogeneous forms?

Representing integers through the theory of binary quadratic forms is a well studied topic. We know that given $a,b,c\in\Bbb N$, based on discrimant $b^2-4ac$, we can study the representability of ...

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### 2-dimensional sublattices with all vectors having very big square (in absolute value)

QUESTION: Let $\Lambda\times\Lambda\rightarrow {\Bbb Z}$ be a lattice,
that is, ${\Bbb Z}^n$ with a non-degenerate integer quadratic form, not
definite, not necessarily unimodular, $n>2$. I want ...

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### Isotropic subvarieties of $ V(x_1^2+\dots+x_n^2-t_1^2-\dots-t_n^2) $

Let $ K $ be a field, $ \operatorname{char} K = 0, $ let $ Q = x_1^2+\dots+x_n^2-t_1^2-\dots-t_n^2 $ be the totally isotropic form, then the maximal linear isotropic
subspaces of $ V(Q) \subset ...

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### how to determine a biquadratic form is positive-definite

A biquadratic form $\sum_{i,j,k,l}b_{i,j,k,l}x_{i}x_{j}y_{k}y_{l}$，
how to determine whether it is positive-definite？
A necessary and sufficient condition？
In fact, I have a matrix $B=\sum_{1\leq ...

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### counting fundamental units of real quadratic fields

For a given real quadratic field $ K$, the units of its ring of integers is $\mathcal{O}_K\cong(\pm1)\times \mathbb{Z}$ by Dirichlet unit theorem. For each $\mathcal{O}_K$, pick the fundamental unit ...

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### From a (not positive definite) Gram matrix to a (Kac-Moody) Cartan matrix

Suppose I am given a symmetric matrix $G_{ij}$ with $G_{ii} = 2$. Can I always find an invertible integer matrix $S$ such that $(S^T G S)_{ii}=2$ and $(S^T G S)_{ij} \leq 0$ for $i \neq j$? Is there a ...

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### Isotropic ternary forms

It is well known that some questions about isotropic ternary forms reduces to the study of the special case $f_0(X)=xz-y^2, X=(x,y,z)$, see page 301 of Cassel's "Rational quadratic forms" (Dover, ...

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### Real slices of Minkowski space, using a complex quadratic form

Ordinary Minkowski space is $\mathbb{R}^{3,1}:=(\mathbb{R}^4,\phi)$
where $\phi:\mathbb{R}^4\rightarrow\mathbb{R}$
is a quadratic form of signature $(3,1)$.
Lying within this is a hyperboloid model ...

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### Numbers represented by inhomogeneous forms

I have a family of Diophantine equations that I am trying to solve, and I am trying to figure out what methods could be used to prove existence of solutions. Unfortunately, the equations are ...

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### genus 2 Siegel theta series of 3-dimensional lattices

Let $(V,f)$ be a $3$-dimensional positive definite quadratic space over $\mathbf Q$.
Let $G(V)$ be a set of representatives of the isometry classes of maximal integral lattices on $V$.
To an ...

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### Paper of Denis Simon on quadratic equations in dimensions 4, 5?

In several places I have come across references to a 2005-6 preprint of Denis Simon entitled
Quadratic equations in dimensions 4, 5, and more
This paper gives fast algorithms to find isotropic ...

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### Orbits of the maximal compact subgroup on the light cone for $p$-adic groups

It is known that if $Q$ is an indefinite non-degenerate quadratic form on $ \mathbb{R}^n$ with $n \ge 3$, then any maximal compact subgroup $K$ of the orthogonal group $SO(Q)$ acts transitively on the ...

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### Deciding a quadratic diophantine equation

Given $a,b\in\Bbb Q_+$, is there an easy way to decide if $$S_{a,b}=\{(x,y)\in\Bbb Z^2:ax^2 + by^2=1\}=\emptyset?$$
I am more interested in seeing if there is a quick way to test for case when ...

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### When do two non-degenerate quadratic forms give rise to isomorphic Lie algebras?

Let $V$ be a vector space over some number field $k$. (I'm fine with $\mathbb{Q}$.)
Let $\phi \colon V \to k$ be a non-degenerate quadratic form. Associated with $\phi$ is the orthogonal group ...

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### About bounding values of quadratic forms

It would be helpful if someone can share (either as references) examples of calculations/analysis which achieves bounding of values of quadratic forms in say either of the following situations,
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### How to minimize this sparse quadratic function?

There is a problem when I'm reading a paper.
Equation:
$min_p|p-p^*|^2+\alpha |R(p)|^2 + \beta |D(p)-\delta|^2$,
where $p, p^*, R(p), D(p), \delta$ are all $M\times N$ matrices, and $p^*, R(), D(), ...

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### Involution on the components of a group algebra

If $G$ is a finite group and $k$ a field, there is a canonical involution (ie an involutive anti-automorphism) $\sigma$ on $k[G]$ induced by $g\mapsto g^{-1}$. Given that the center of $k[G]$ has ...

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### What is known about primes of the form x^2-2y^2?

David Cox's book Primes of The Form: $x^2+ny^2$ does a great job proving and motivating a lot of results for $n>0$. I was unable to find anything for negative numbers, let alone the case I am ...

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### Bound of spectral radius of polynomial of a complex matrix

I am trying to prove or disprove the following inequality.
$$ ||P(A)||_2\leq 2 \max_{\alpha\in W(A)}| P(\alpha)|,$$
where $P(\cdot)$ is a complex polynomial, $A\in \mathbb{C}^{n\times n}$ and ...

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### Two quadratic programming problems always same answer? [closed]

Was exploring quadratic programming optimization and for two types of problems the answers seemed to always equal.
Problem 1:
Minimize $\tfrac{1}{2} \mathbf{x}^T Q\mathbf{x}$
Subject to $ A ...

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### Lower bounds on the rank of a unimodular lattice, given the binlinear pairing of a subset of basis vectors

I have some questions on lower bounds on the rank of unimodular lattices given the bilinear pairing of a subset of its basis is known.
Let $\Lambda$ be an odd, unimodular matrix of signature ...

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### Is there any study about positive definiteness of some matrix space whose matrices don't have to be positive-definite?

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I'm trying to investigate the stability of tensegrity structures, and this question is related to the second order test.
Suppose there is a vector space ...

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### Minimal Length of Quadratic Forms

Let $Q(x_1,\dots,x_n)=X'PX$ be a quadratic form with all non-negative and integral coefficients given by $$Q(x_1,\dots,x_n)=\sum_{i=1}^cf_i^+(x_1,\dots,x_n)g_i^+(x_1,\dots,x_n)$$ where $c$ is the ...

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### minimizing an integral over integer-coefficient polynomials $\displaystyle \inf_{f \in \mathbb{Z}[x]} \int_a^b f(x)^2 \, dx $ [duplicate]

Let's consider the space $L^2[a,b]$ of functions on the interval and the norm:
$$ ||f(x)||^2 = \int_a^b |f(x)|^2 \, dx $$
Now what if we consider only polynomials with integer coefficients: $f(x) ...

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### Cohomological dimension of transcendental p-adic extensions

Let $q$ denote a quadratic form over a field $k$.
The u-invariant of a field $u(k)$ is defined by $u(k):=\{ max (\mathrm{rank}(q)) $ | $ q $ is anisotropic over $k\}$.
Let $k = \mathbb{Q}_p$ for any ...

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### Witt index of the sum of 24 squares

Consider the quadratic forms $q(x)=x_1^2+\dots +x_8^2$ in 8 variables and $p(x)=x_1^2+\dots+x_{24}^2$ in 24 variables over the field of rational numbers $\mathbb{Q}$. Let $E/\mathbb{Q}$ be a field ...

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### Hlawka inequality for Lorentz quadratic form

Let $K$ be a convex cone in ${\mathbb R}^n$. A continuous function $f:K\rightarrow\mathbb R$ satisfies a Hlawka inequality if
$$f(0)+f(x+y)+f(y+z)+f(z+x)\le f(x)+f(y)+f(z)+f(x+y+z),\qquad\forall ...

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### Constructing sums of squares identities

Recall that a sum of squares formula for $[r,s,n]$ over a field $F$ is an identity of the form
$$ ( x_{1}^{2} + \cdots + x_{r}^{2})( y_{1}^{2} + \cdots + y_{s}^{2})
= ( z_{1}^{2} + \cdots + ...

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### Binary motives in the decomposition of a minimal Pfister neighbor

Let $\alpha \in H^n(k,\mu_2)$ and $X_\alpha$ be the respective Pfister quadric. Its well known due to Rost that the Motive $M(X_\alpha)$ decomposes as a sum of twisted Rost motives $R_\alpha$ such ...

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### u-Invariants of p-adic function fields

In his Paper "Fields of u-invariant 9" Oleg Izhboldin points out that for a algebraic closed, finitely generated field $k$ we have $u(k)= 2^{cd(k)}$. In particular we have
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### Does the Diophantine equation $(x^2+ay^2)(u^2+bv^2) = p^2+cq^2$ admit a complete solution?

In this MSE question/thread, I have been discussing the equation
$$
(x^2+ay^2)(u^2+bv^2) = p^2+cq^2, \tag{$\star$}
$$
where $x,a,y,u,b,v,p,c,q$ are integers. I posed a conjecture which turned out to ...

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### Given a positive-definite integral unimodular Gram matrix, how to find a basis of the associated lattice (over $\mathbf Q$)?

Let $G$ be a $n\times n-$symmetric matrix with integral coefficients and determinant $1$ (i.e. unimodular) such that the associated quadratic form is positive-definite.
I am interested in having an ...

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### Ternary quadratic form theta series as Hecke eigenforms and class number one

At
Simple comparison of positive ternary quadratic form representation counts
Jeremy answered:
"The reason is that the theta series for the sums of three squares form is an eigenfunction for all the ...

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### Simple comparison of positive ternary quadratic form representation counts

Something came up yesterday in a referee request and I was surprised to find that I did not know the facts in full generality. This is about positive quadratic forms in three variables with integer ...

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### Action of $(\mathbb{Z}/2g\mathbb{Z})$ on quadratic forms on $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$-vector space

Let $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$ the 2 elements field, with additive notation.
I need some clarifications on the relation between quadratic forms on a $\mathbb{Z}/2\mathbb{Z}$-vector space (say, of ...

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### Upper bound on the number of ismorphism classes of bilinear forms on $\mathbb{Z}^n$

$\DeclareMathOperator{\Hom}{Hom}$A symmetric, positive definite bilinear form on $\mathbb{Z}^n$ is any mapping $$b : \mathbb{Z}^n \times \mathbb{Z}^n \to \mathbb{Z}$$ satisfying
$b$ is bilinear,
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### Dimension of binary motives of a quadric

Let $Q$ be a anisotropic quadric of dimension $d$ over $k$.
We work in the category of effective Chow-Motives over $k$.
Let $T$ be the Tate-Motive.
For a motive $M$ we write $M(l)$ for its $l$-th ...

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### Asymptotic property of a quadratic form

suppose $x=\Delta$, $y=M \Phi \Delta$, where $\Delta\in N\times 1$, $M^T=M \in N \times N$ and $\Phi^T=\Phi \in N \times N$. Define $Z=xy^T+yx^T$. It is known from my previous question that $Z$ has ...

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### orthogonal group in characteristic 2

Let $O(2,\mathbb{Z}_2)$ be the orthogonal group of order two matrices. On $\mathbb{Z}_2$ there should exist just one odd quadratic form, hence the stabilizer subgroup $O^-$ of an odd quadratic for ...

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### Are constant connection coefficients uniquely determined by the (1,3) curvature coefficients?

Suppose that on a certain coordinate system the coefficients $\Gamma^i_{jk}$, $i,j,k=1,\cdots, n$, of a linear connection are constant. We do not require compatibility with a metric, however I am ...

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### $p$-adic analogues of $SO(3)$

I read in the paper " From Laplace to Langlands via representations of orthogonal groups" by Benedict Gross and Mark Reeder that there are, up to isomorphism, two orthogonal groups of the ...

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### Automorphisms of SO_n(k,f)

Let $k$ be a field, $n\in\mathbb{N}$ and $f:k^n\times k^n\to k$ a non-degenerate symmetric bilinear form. Let
$$O_n(k,f):=\{ g\in GL_n(k) \mid \forall x,y\in k^n : f(x,y)=f(g.x,g.y) \}$$
and
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### space of reduced positive definite quadratic forms

What is the highest dimension for which the space of reduced positive definite quadratic forms (or the fundamental domain of $SL_n(\mathbb{R})/SL_n(\mathbb{Z})$) has been explicitly calculated? I know ...

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### What is classified by $H^1(\mathbb{R},SO(p,q))$ and by $H^1(\mathbb{R},SU(p,q))$?

We denote by $F^{\mathbb{R}}_{p,q}$ the quadratic form over the field ${\mathbb{R}}$
$$
F^{\mathbb{R}}_{p,q}(x)=x_1^2+\dots+x_p^2-(x_{p+1}^2+\dots+x_{p+q}^2)
$$
on the vector space ...

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### Easiest way to distinguish $E_8 \oplus E_8$ from $E_{16}$

For $n$ an integer divisible by $8$, let me denote by $E_n$ the "usual" even non-degenerate positive definite integral symmetric bilinear form over $\mathbf Z^n$.
It is well known that in dimension ...

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### Class number for binary quadratic forms discriminant $\Delta$ to class number $\mathbb Q(\sqrt \Delta)$

Jyrki Lahtonen has suggested I write a blog post relating binary quadratic forms to quadratic field class numbers, ...

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### The Chebotarev Density Theorem and the representation of infinitely many numbers by forms

Let $ax^{2}+bxy+cy^{2}$ be a primitive positive definite quadratic form of discriminant $\Delta<0$. It is well known that $ax^{2}+bxy+cy^{2}$ represents infinitely many prime numbers. One of the ...

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### Positive Primes represented by an indefinite binary form, reducing poly degree from 8 to 4

In his lovely answer at Positive primes represented by indefinite binary quadratic form Noam found that a (positive) odd prime $p$ is represented by the indefinite form $x^2 + 13 x y - 9 y^2$ if and ...

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### Positive primes represented by indefinite binary quadratic form

Neil Sloane asked me about commands in computer languages to find the (positive) primes represented by indefinite binary quadratic forms. So I wrote something in C++ that works. This is for the OEIS, ...

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### Rank four quadratic Form with non trivial discriminant in I(k)

Im sure this is a beginners question.
Let $k$ be a field and $I(k)$ the fundamental ideal in the Witt-ring W(k).
The Arason-Pfister-Hauptsatz states:
"If $\varphi$ is any anisotropic class in ...