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### What's in the genus of the cubic lattice?

I'll write $\mathbf{Z}^n$ for the integral quadratic form $x_1^2 + \cdots + x_n^2$. For which values of $n$ is $\mathbf{Z}^n$ unique in its genus, i.e. isolated in Kneser's graph? In particular can ...

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### Upper bound on answer for Pell equation

A user on MSE, @martin , asked http://math.stackexchange.com/questions/1611411/pell-equations-upper-bound about an upper bound for $x$ in $x^2 - p y^2 = 1,$ when $p$ is prime. I checked, it appears ...

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### Why is the Fano variety of lines on a smooth three-dimensional quadric isomorphic to $\mathbb{P}^3$?

Let $Q \subset \mathbb{P}^4$ be a smooth three-dimensional quadric over an algebraically closed field $k$ ($\mathrm{char}(k) \neq 2$) and let $F$ be the Fano variety of lines on $Q$.
In "Iskovskikh ...

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### Is this QCQP convex or nonconvex

\begin{equation}
\begin{split}
\min_{x\in \mathbb{R}^n}\:f(x)=(1/2)x^{T}Q_0x+c_0^T x
\end{split}
\end{equation}
s.t.
$$
g_i(x)=\frac{1}{2}x^T Q_ix-lmax_i\leq0,i\in\{1,...,m/2\}
$$
$$
...

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### A quadratic Diophantine equation

Is the following statement true? If yes, how can find the solutions?
The equation
$$3x^2+8xy+7y^2\equiv-1\pmod p$$
has an integral solution for every prime $p>5$.

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### $p$-adic orthogonal groups in four variables

Let $p>2$ be prime. By the classification of quadratic forms, there are $8$ pairwise non-equivalent isotropic orthogonal groups in $4$ variables. Is there a concrete classification of orthogonal ...

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### Indefinite Ternary Forms with Square Discriminant

Is there any general theory to find the numbers represented by ternary forms of the type
$q(x,y,z)=ax^2+bx^2-abz^2,$
when $a,b$ are prime?
By doing an internet search, the closest I found was the ...

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### Fricke Klein method for isotropic ternary quadratic forms

Preface: the most natural way to take one isotropic vector for an indefinite quadratic form and find others is to use stereographic projection. This gives a parametrization in the same $n$ variables ...

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### Fundamental units with norm $-1$ in real quadratic fields

If we have distinct primes $p \equiv q \equiv 1 \pmod 4,$ with Legendre $(p|q) = (q|p) = -1,$ there is a solution to $u^2 - pq v^2 = -1$ in integers and the fundamental unit of $O_{\mathbb ...

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### probability of a quadratic form being nonnegative at a random point

I am looking for good and explicit lower and upper bounds on the probability that $x^TGx\ge 0$, where $G$ is a symmetric matrix with zero trace and $x$ is a vector whose components are independent ...

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### Bounds on the number of zeros of a quadratic form

Let $Q(x_1, \dots, x_n)$ be a non-degenerate indefinite quadratic form with integer coefficients. Let $N(Q,T)$ be the set of vectors $x=(x_1, \dots, x_n) \in {\mathbb Z}^n$ such that $|x|<T$ and ...

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### The number of integral solutions to $x^2+y^2-az^2=0$

I think this must be well-known (and probably not hard to prove either), but I cannot find a reference: for a (positive) rational number $a$, the number of integral solutions to the equation
$$ ...

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### Distance between quadratic forms

In notes here http://math.univ-lyon1.fr/homes-www/gille/prenotes/lens.pdf on page $2$ a formulation of distance between two positive quadratic form $[q],[q']$ is given by
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### Bai and Silverstein's “Lemma on Quadratic Forms” - question about the constant $C_p$

In the book "Spectral Analysis of Large Dimensional Random Matrices" by Bai and Silverstein, there is the following lemma:
Lemma B.26 (pg. 530) Let $A=(a_{ij})$ be an $n\times n$ nonrandom matrix ...

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### Norm variety for n=5, p=2 not isomorphic to a quadric

In the paper "Motivic construction of cohomological invariants", the author displays a list of known norm varieties for several $n,p$ on page $11$. For $p=2, n=5$ it says that a norm variety is given ...

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### optimal bound in diophantine representation question

Given that, with integers $t \geq 1$ and $q \geq 3,$ there are solutions to $$ x^2 - q x y + y^2 = - t q $$
with integers $x,y \geq 1,$ I was able to show that
$$ q \leq 1 + \frac{324}{25} t^2. $$
...

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### “Pythagoras number” for integral matrices

It is classically known that every positive integer is a sum of at most four squares of integers, i.e. every sum of squares of integers is a sum of four squares of integers. Now consider a symmetric ...

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### Listing all solutions to $n = x^2 + y^2 + z^2 $ with integers

I would like to list all ways of writing $n$ as the sum of 3 squares. This is slightly different from finding just one:
Is there an algorithm for writing a number as a sum of three squares?
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### A vanishing condition for cup products in Galois cohomology

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $\neq 2$. For a non-zero element $a \in k^*$, let us write $[a] \in H^1(k,\mathbb{Z}/2)$ for the Galois cohomology class corresponding to the quadratic extension ...

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### Question on some coverings of the euclidean space

Let $L$ be a maximal integral lattice in the euclidean $(\mathbf R^{8m},q)$ (thus the associated bilinear form $b(u,v)=q(u+v)-q(u)-q(v)$, once restricted to $L$, takes values in $2\mathbf Z$ and has ...

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### Proof of Merkurjev's Theorem in “The Algebraic and Geometric Theory of Quadratic Forms”

I just have a little question about the above mentioned proof. I'm thinking for days, but I'm still not getting it.
For those who have the book (or want to look it up via google books etc.), it's the ...

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### Many representations as a sum of three squares

Let $r_3(n) = \left|\{(a,b,c)\in {\mathbb Z}^3 :\, a^2+b^2+c^2=n \}\right|$. I am looking for the maximum asymptotic size of $r_3(n)$. That is, the maximum number of representations that a number can ...

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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 group of units of its ring of integers is $\mathcal{O}_K^{\times}\cong(\pm1)\times \mathbb{Z}$ by the Dirichlet unit theorem. For each $\mathcal{O}_K$, pick ...

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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 + ...