Questions on the functionality operating on polynomials

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Get polynomial interpolation formula

I'm attempting to get a polynomial interpolation formula out of Mathematica but I am absolutely lost. I stared out using ...
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How to deduce a generator formula for a polynomial sequence?

Consider a polynomial sequence $\{p_n\}$ generated by some (simple) rule: $$ \begin{array}{l} p_1(x)=x \\ p_2(x)=2 x-x^2 \\ p_3(x)= x^3-3 x^2+3 x \\ p_4(x)=-x^4+4 x^3-6 x^2+4 x \\ p_5(x)= x^5-5 ...
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Polynomial Approximation from Chebyshev coefficients

I would like to expand a function $f(r)$ in the domain $[0,R]$, around the points $r =0$, and $r = R$ in the following manner $f(r = 0) = \Sigma_{i=0,i = even}^{imax} f_i (r/R)^i$ and $f(r = R) = ...
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3D Plot: Number of Roots in x of a polynomial in x, a, b and c

I have a polynomial in four variables x,a,b and c. The number of roots of the polynomial in x depends of the choice of a, b and c. I would like to have a 3D-Plot with a, b and c on the axes, while the ...
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Is it possible to use Composition for polynomial composition?

I want to do this: $P = (x^3+x)$ $Q = (x^2+1)$ $P \circ Q = P \circ (x^2+1) = (x^2+1)^3+(x^2+1) = x^6+3x^4+4x^2+2$ I used Composition for testing if that could ...
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How do I reassign canonical ordering of symbols?

I have a big polynomial that evaluates to: $$A^2 e^2 \phi ^- \phi ^++A e \phi ^- \phi ^+ c_{2 w} g_Z+\frac{1}{2} A e g h W^- \phi ^+ +\ll13\gg,$$ which is supposed to represent some terms in the ...
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Strange integration result

In Mathematica 8, the Integrate command sometimes strangely integrates polynomials yielding unsimplified (and unexpected) fractional results. As an example, the line: ...
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How to express the original ideal elements in the Groebner basis?

Suppose I call GroebnerBasis[{f1, f2, ...}, {x1,x2, ...}] The output is a list {g1,g2,...} For each $g_j$, there should be ...
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“Evaluating” polynomials of functions (Symbols)

I want to implement the following type evaluation symbolically $$(f^2g + fg + g)(x) \to f(x)^2 g(x) + f(x) g(x) + g(x)$$ In general, on left hand side there is a polynomial in an arbitrary number of ...
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What function can I use to evaluate $(x+y)^2$ to $x^2 + 2xy + y^2$?

What function can I use to evaluate $(x+y)^2$ to $x^2 + 2xy + y^2$? I want to evaluate It and I've tried to use the most obvious way: simply typing and evaluating $(x+y)^2$, But it gives me only ...
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Factoring polynomials to factors involving complex coefficients

I've run into some problems using Factor on polynomials with complex coefficient factors. Reading the documentation it looks like it only factors over the ...
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Finding the characteristic polynomial of a matrix modulus n

Given a square matrix, is it possible to calculate its characteristic polynomial modulo n? Unfortunately, this function ...
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solving for one solution to a system of polynomials

I'm trying to solve a system of equations: ...
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expanding a polynomial and collecting coefficients

I'm trying to expand the following polynomial ...
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Decomposing a matrix with polynomial elements into a polynomial with matrix coefficients

Let's say I have a matrix, $\mathbf{M}$, that is polynomially dependent on a single variable, such as M = {{15 + a^2, a + 5 a^2}, {a - 5 a^2, 2}} and I want to ...
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Checking if the roots of a function are real

I'm trying to determine if the roots of a function are real. How would you do that? (In particular I'm interested in verifying that the roots of LegendreP[6, x] ...
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Creating simple procedure for The Least-Square $m^\text{th}$ Degree Polynomials

I am CS major, taking Computational Numerical Analysis course. Instructor gave us freedom of choice, we were allowed to use anything or any computer language we picked, I picked Mathematica.This is my ...
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Any efficient way to make complete homogeneous symmetric functions in Mathematica?

We do have elementary symmetric functions, SymmetricPolynomial[k, {x_1, ..., x_n}] . But I didn't find complete homogeneous symmetric functions. The induction ...
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How to find solutions that yield of root of unity?

I have a polynomial with coefficients that are integer polynomials in another (complex) variable. For example: 1 + (1 - v^2) #1 + (-3 - v^2) #1^2 + #1^3 & I ...
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Computing the genus of an algebraic curve

How-to compute the genus of an algebraic curve in Mathematica ? In my case the algebraic curve is explicitly defined by a polynomial.
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Why does Expand not work within a function?

I'm writing this fairly simple function: ...
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Surprises simplifying simple polynomials

I came across some somewhat surprising behavior of Simplify today, on something very simple. Let's take two cubic polynomials that we know have the same value: ...
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Factorizing polynomials over fields other than $\mathbb{C}$

I'd like to take a polynomial in $\mathbb{Z}_5[x]$ of the form $ax^2+bx+c$ and factor it into irreducible polynomials. For example: Input... x^2+4 Output... ...
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Find roots of polynomial in field extension $GF(2^n)$?

How can I find roots of polynomial in extension field $GF(2^n)$?
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Finding real roots of negative numbers (for example, $\sqrt[3]{-8}$)

Say I want to quickly calculate $\sqrt[3]{-8}$, to which the most obvious solution is $-2$. When I input $\sqrt[3]{-8}$ or Power[-8, 3^-1], Mathematica gives the ...
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Funny behaviour when plotting a polynomial of high degree and large coefficients

I am trying to plot a polynomial of degree $29$ on the domain $[0,1]$, with fairly large coefficients: ...
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GroebnerBasis without specifying variables

All the examples in the Mathematica documentation specify that the syntax for the GroebnerBasis command is ...
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Gröbner basis on a particular set of equations

This question is very similar in gist to equation solving with GroebnerBasis, but hopefully when I say that I make the system a little larger I mean little. I have ...
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Rearranging a Polynomial

In Mathematica 8.04 on Windows, I want to display a formula in standard textbook format. The formula is the variance of an $N$-security portfolio. For two securities it is: ...
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How do I replace a variable in a polynomial?

How do I substitue z^2->x in the following polynomial z^4+z^2+4? z^4+z^2+4 /. z^2->x ...
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Is there a way to Collect[] for more than one symbol?

Oftentimes you find yourself looking for polynomials in multiple variables. Consider the following expression: a(x - y)^3 + b(x - y) + c(x - y) + d as you can ...
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Better use of Mathematica's PolynomialReduce[]?

I've been using scPhiDecomp[expr_]:= PolynomialReduce[expr, {x^2-y^2,2 x y}, {x,y}] which works great on ...