# Questions tagged [rational-functions]

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### Determine whether a rational function on the codomain of a surjective morphism is regular

Let $X$ be a smooth affine algebraic variety with a (not necessarily free) action by an algebraic torus $T$. Let $Y$ be the quotient stack $X/T$ and let $p:X\rightarrow Y$ be the quotient map. Suppose ...

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### Chebyshev rational approximation of $e^{x}, x >0$: does it exist?

It's well known that the scalar function $e^x$, for $x \in (-\infty,0]$ can be approximated by Chebyshev rational approximation. In practice, one wants to use a partial fraction decomposition form ...

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### How I can prove or disprove that $\frac{x}{y+z}+\frac{y}{x+z}+\frac{z}{y+x}=1$ in rational? [duplicate]

The motiviation of this question is to look if there is such solution in rational number to the identity which montioned here, I have done many attempts using wolfram alpha to find such pairs of ...

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### Again, polynomial bijection $f:{\mathbb Q}\times{\mathbb Q}\times{\mathbb Q}\to {\mathbb Q}$

Assume that there is no polynomial $f(x,y)\in{\mathbb Q}[x,y]{}$ such that $f\colon {\mathbb Q}\times{\mathbb Q}\to {\mathbb Q}$ is a bjiection. Does this imply that there is no polynomial $f(x,y,z)\...

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### Does there exist a rational polynomial $P(x)\in{\mathbb Q}[x]{}$ such that $P(\zeta(s))=\zeta(P(s))$?

let $P(x)\in{\mathbb Q}[x]{}$ be a rational polynomial with $P(1) >1$ and $\zeta $ be the Riemann zeta function , I want to know if there exist a rational polynomial such that $P(\zeta(s))=\zeta(P(...

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### Trasforming a system of rational equations into an equivalent system of polynomial equations

Suppose that a system of rational equations $r_1=0, r_2=0, \dots, r_m=0$ defines a zero dimensional variety $V$.
Is there an algorithm to produce polynomials $p_i$, starting from the rational ...

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### About $a_n = \frac{a_{n-1}(a_{n-1} + C)}{a_{n-2}}.$

Let $A,B,C > 0$. Put $a_1 = A$ and $a_2 = B$ and, for integer $n > 2$,
$$a_n = \frac{a_{n-1}(a_{n-1} + C)}{a_{n-2}}$$
and
$$ T = \lim_{k \to \infty} \frac{a_k}{ a_{k - 1}}.$$
Notice the limit ...

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### “Taylor series” is to “Volterra series” as “Padé approximant” is to _________?

Padé approximants are often better than Taylor series at representing a function. Given a Taylor series, one can use Wynn's epsilon algorithm to easily produce the Padé approximants to it.
Volterra ...

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### Extend any morphism to suitable projective variety? [closed]

Let $F: X\to \mathbb{P}^n$ be a morphism from an affine variety to projective space (over some algebraically closed field of characteristic zero). Can we always find an open immersion $\iota: X\...

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### How to measure how much a rational function/a singularity of variety is complicated?

There are some theorems about various zeta functions which states the rationality of those.
For example, when you consider Igusa's zeta function, roughly the generating series of solutions mod $p^n$ ...

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### When does $\sqrt{a_1} + \cdots + \sqrt{a_k} \in K$ imply $\sqrt{a_1}, \ldots, \sqrt{a_k} \in K$?

Consider $R = \mathbb{Z}[X_1, \ldots, X_k]$, the polynomial ring in $k$ variables over $\mathbb{Z}$, and let $S = \mathbb{Z}[\sqrt{X_1}, \ldots, \sqrt{X_k}]$. Then $S/R$ is an integral extension of ...

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### Root of the expectation of a random rational function

I am trying to figure out a formula for the unique $\lambda>1$ such that
$$
\mathbb{E}\bigg[\frac{X}{\lambda -X}\bigg]=1
$$
where $X$ is a discrete random variable taking values in $\{\frac{1}{n},....

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### Transformation of a fourth degree polynomial

Given $$ P (x) = ax ^ 4 + bx ^ 3 + cx ^ 2 + dx + e = a (x ^ 2 + p_1x + q_1) (x ^ 2 + p_2x + q_2) $$ for some $ a, b, c, d, e, p_1, q_1, p_2, q_2 \in \mathbb R$, prove that $ P (x) $ can be reduced to ...

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### Algorithm to determine if a rational fraction has only non negative coefficients

Is there an algorithm that takes as input a polynomial in two variables $P \in \mathbb{N}[x,y]$ and outputs YES if and only if the coefficients of the series $\frac{1}{1-(x+y)} - \frac{1}{1-P}$ are ...

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### On sums of minima and maxima

Let $h_1,\ldots,h_n$ be positive integers, and define
$$m(h_1,\ldots,h_n)=\sum_{r_1=0}^{h_1-1}\ldots\sum_{r_n=0}^{h_n-1}\min\left\{\frac{r_1}{h_1},\ldots,\frac{r_n}{h_n}\right\}$$
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$$M(h_1,\ldots,...

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### Detecting if a series represents a rational function

A lemma by Kronecker states that the series $f(z):= \sum_{i=0}^{\infty} c_i z^i$ represents a rational function if and only if for every $m \gg 0$ the determinant of the following matrix is equal to ...

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### Relation between coefficients of expansions

Related to Relations between coefficients of expansions of a rational function at 0 and infinity
I commented at the linked question that the question seemed less about what happened "at infinity", ...

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### Relations between coefficients of expansions of a rational function at 0 and infinity

This question goes in the bucket of "this must be well known, but I don't see it and am not sure where to look it up."
Given two Laurent power series $A(t)=\sum_{k>N}a_kt^k$ and $B(t)=\sum_{k>M}...

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### Is Videla's solution of Hilbert's tenth problem for rational functions over field of characteristic 2 wrong?

The paper in question.
Quick introduction to the problem: suppose that $F$ is a finite field of characteristic 2
(for purposes of this post $F = \mathbb{F}_2$ will suffice) and let $F[t]$ and $F(t)$ ...

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### Generating series of rational$\times \exp($rational$)$

It is known that rational functions $f\in \mathbb C(x)$, $0$ not a pole, are the sum of generating series $\sum_{n\geq 0} a_nx^n$ where $(a_n)_n$ is solution of a linear recurrence with constant ...

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### fixed points of quadratic iteration

Consider the well-known iteration $f:z\to z^2 + c,$ and consider the values of $c$ for which $0$ is a periodic point. Experiment shows that most such values of $c$ (about $480$ out of $512$ for period ...

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### approximating the $|x|$ function

I'm familiar with Newman's rational approximation of the absolute value function via rational functions. Are there other explicit functions that approximate $|x|$ with exponential error? I was under ...

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### On a vanishing integral inner product

Let $G(z)$ be an $n\times m$ rational matrix-valued function of full column rank on the unit circle. Further, let $P(z)$ be an $m\times m$ rational matrix-valued function positive definite on the unit ...

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### Are the inverses of a set of quadratic polynomials linearly independent?

Is a collection of reciprocals of monic reducible quadratic polynomials, that is functions of the form
$$ \{ \left( (x-a_i)(x-b_i) \right)^{-1} \}_{i=1}^{k}, $$
linearly independent over a finite ...

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### A simple matrix multiplication query [closed]

The entries of $\begin{bmatrix}a&b\\c&d\end{bmatrix}\begin{bmatrix}a'&b'\\c'&d'\end{bmatrix}=\begin{bmatrix}aa'+bc'&ab'+bd'\\ca'+dc'&cb'+dd'\end{bmatrix}$ are curiously given ...

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### Pade approximation of a rational function

I believe I have a naive or hard question because I couldn't find any results in the Internet yet. Any help is greatly appreciated.
So suppose I have two rational functions $R_1(x)$ and $R_2(x)$, i....

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### Coefficients of a special meromorphic function

The problem described below appears elementary, but I can't figure out the answer or find it in the literature. I apologize if I have missed something very basic.
Let me begin with considering a ...

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### An analogue of rational functions for Hahn series

For any field $k$, we have both the field $k(t)$ of rational functions (formal quotients of polynomials, i.e. the field of fractions of $k[t]$) and the field $k((t))$ of formal Laurent series (which ...

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### Inverse image of a Jordan curve

If there exists a rational map $R$ from the extended plane $\hat{\mathbb{C}}$ to itself, and a Jordan curve $J$ on the plane, such that $R$ has no critical value on the curve, can we say that the ...

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### The class of all iterated antiderivatives of rational functions

Consider the following property of a function $f$:
There exists a non-negative integer $n$ such that the $n$'th derivative of $f$ is a rational function.
Question 1: Is there a name in the ...

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### Splitting of polynomials over rational function fields

Let $K$ be a number field, and let $P(t,X)$ be a monic polynomial in $X$ with coefficients in $K(t)$.
I would like to understand the set $T$ consisting of those $t_0 \in K$ such that the polynomial $...

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### Rational functions and polynomials with infinitely many integer values

Let $f\in \mathbb{C}(x)$ be a rational function.
Assume that we have an infinite collection $\{p_n\}_{n\in \mathbb{N}}$ of positive integers such that for every $n$ it holds that $f(p_n)\in\mathbb{N}$...

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### Interpolation by rational functions reference

I have been hearing a lot about a theory of interpolation using rational function, parallel to that of polynomial interpolation.
I'm looking for a book chapter, or even short lecture notes, that will ...

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### An upper bound on Zolotarev numbers

Let $k$ be an integer and disjoint closed sets $E,F\subset\mathbb{R}^2$. Consider the Zolotarev number
$$Z_k(E,F):= \inf_{r\in\mathcal{R}_{k,k}}\frac{\sup_{z\in E}|r(z)|}{\inf_{z\in F}|r(z)|},$$
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### Convexity of a set related to certain class of Laurent polynomials

For $r,s\in\mathbb{N}$, let
$$L(z):=\sum_{j=-r}^{s}a_{j}z^{j}$$
be a Laurent polynomial with real coefficients such that there exists a closed curve $\gamma$ encircling the origin, i.e., $0\in\mbox{...

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### Surprisingly simple minimum of a rational function on $\mathbb R_+^n$

Motivation:
The following problem has occurred in a study of energy dissipation in a chain of coupled, damped oscillators.
The problem:
Let me define specific rational functions $f$, $g$, and $...

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### Galois invariant rational functions and base change

Let $X$ be an algebraic variety defined over a perfect field $k$, let $\bar k$ be
the algebraic closure of $k$, let $X_{\bar k}$ be the base change of $X$ over $\bar k$ and let $G ={\rm Gal}(\bar k/k)$...

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### Characterizing rational functions on $\mathbb{Q}$ in terms of smooth extensions to $\mathbb{R}$ and $\mathbb{Q}_p$

Consider a function $f$ from a cofinite subset of $\mathbb{Q}$ to $\mathbb{Q}$. As established here and here $f$ extending to a smooth function on a cofinite subset of $\mathbb{R}$ is not sufficient ...

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### When are growth series rational?

For a finitely generated group $G$ with generating set $S$, one can define the word metric. Using this, we are able to define the sequence $\sigma(n)$ by
$ \sigma(n) = |\mathcal{S}(e,n)| $, which is ...

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### Nonlinear smooth bijection from $\mathbb Q$ to itself [duplicate]

Is there a bijection $\phi: \mathbb Q \to \mathbb Q$ such that
$\phi$ is nonlinear: different from $ax+b$,
$\phi$ is smooth: the extension $\hat{\phi}$ of $\phi$ over $\mathbb R$ is $\mathcal C^2$ ?
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### What sort of ind-scheme is this?

It apparently follows from work of Velu (MathSciNet) that every isogeny between elliptic curves in (long) Weierstrass form over $k$ can be written in the form
$$
\left(\frac{u(x)}{v(x)}, \frac{s_1(x)+...

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### approximation of rational functions

Suppose $\hat{p}/\hat{q}$ and $p/q$ are two rational functions where $p,q,\hat{p},\hat{q}$ are of degree $n$. Suppose they satisfy that $|p(z)/q(z) - \hat{p}(z)/\hat{q}(z)| < \epsilon$ for any $z$ ...

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### Pythagorean number in Artin's theorem on nonnegative rational fractions

Emil Artin's theorem on nonnegative rational fractions says that a rational fraction $Q$ with $n$ variables with real coefficients which is non-negative on $\mathbb R^n$ is a sum of squares of ...

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### Given a curve $C$, does there exist a rational function on $C$ totally ramified at two given points?

Let $C$ be a smooth projective irreducible curve over $\mathbb C$. Let $x$ and $y$ be distinct points of $C$.
We say that $f$ is totally ramified at a point $p$ if the ramification index of $p$ ...

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### Standard rational functions from matrices

In linear algebra we get introduced to standard polynomials that are associated to matrices such as characteristic polynomials and determinants.
What are some of the standard rational functions that ...

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### Natural topologies for the space of rational functions

I am looking for natural families of Hausdorff topologies (metrics, norms, if possible) for the space of rational functions of a single complex variable of arbitrary, unbounded denominator degree (and,...

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### On sequences of rational functions [duplicate]

Let $\{f_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$ be a sequence of rational functions of the following form: $$ f_n(z) = \sum_{m=1}^\infty \frac{C_{m,n}}{z-m}$$ with $C_{m,n} \in \mathbb{Z}$, $C_{1,n} = 1$, and for each $n \...

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### Is this a rational function?

Is $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \frac{z^n}{2^n-1} \in \mathbb{C}(z)\ ?$$
In a slightly different vein, given a sequence of real numbers $\{a_n\}_{n=0}^\infty$, what are some necessary and sufficient ...

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### Composition of rational functions

Given a rational function $R\in\Bbb R(x_1,\dots,x_n)$ with multilinear numerator and denominator, is there always a rational function $G\in\Bbb R(x)$ such that $G\circ R\in\Bbb R[x_1,\dots,x_n]$, $G(0)...

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### compute the limit of a rational function

Suppose I have a rational function defined by ($s$ complex)
$$
f(s)=w^T s(sI-Q)^{-1} v
$$
for nonzero column vectors $w,v$ and a (large) square matrix $Q$. Further assume that $Q$ is singular and that ...