# Integer roots of a symmetric polynomial

The question is very simple and I apologize for that, but I am not an expert of this kind of problem. Given the polynomial $$P(x_1,\ldots,x_{2n})=x_1^2+\ldots+x_n^2-x_{n+1}^2-\ldots-x_{2n}^2,$$ I would like to know if there are non trivial integer roots $(y_1,\ldots, y_{2n})$ such that $$y_1+\cdots+y_{n}=y_{n+1}+\cdots+ y_{2n}.$$ With non trivial I mean the ones like $$y_1=y_{n+1},\ldots,y_{n}=y_{2n},$$ or their permutations.

• See en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… for a more general problem. Commented Dec 13, 2016 at 13:54
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• Commented Dec 14, 2016 at 9:47

Fix large $N$ and consider all $n$-tuples $(x_1,\dots,x_n)\in \{1,\dots,N\}^n$. There are $N^n$ such $n$-tuples, at least $N^n/n!$ tuples modulo permutations, and for them the pairs $(x_1+\dots+x_n,x_1^2+\dots+x_n^2)$ take at most $n\cdot N\cdot n\cdot N^2=n^2N^3$ possible values. Thus by pigeonhole principle some value is obtained at least $N^{n-3}/(n^2\cdot n!)$ times. This is greater than 1 if $n>3$ and $N$ is chosen large enough.
The general principle behind this solution is that $$n^2+(n+1)^2=((n-1)^2+(n+2)^2)-4.$$ Combining two such collections on the opposite sides always gives you a solution.