Computational algebra is an area of algebra that seeks efficient algorithms to answer fundamental problems concerning basic algebraic objects (groups, rings, fields, etc.). For questions about generic computer algebra systems, use [tag:computer-algebra-systems].

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Enumerating Bianchi circles

Background: Katherine Stange describes Schmidt arrangements in "Visualising the arithmetic of imaginary quadratic fields", arXiv:1410.0417. Given an imaginary quadratic field $K$, we study the Bianchi ...
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Algorithm design for enumerating pairs of noncommuting elements up to conjugacy

I am trying to write some Magma code that, given a group $G$, returns a list of pairs $(x,y)$ with $x,y\in G$ such that $[x,y]\neq 1$ and such that every pair $(z,w)$ in the group with $[z,w]\neq 1$ ...
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How to compute/ find cancellation for the second group cohomology $H^2(G,A)$?

My problem is the following, suppose you have a discrete group $G$ (finite type) and a $G$-module $M$, $M$ is a $\mathbb{Q}$-vectorial space. I would like to know if there are "ways" to compute ...
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Ring module homomorphism properties

$\text{Hom}_{\mathbb Z} (\mathbb Z/3\mathbb Z , \mathbb Z/5\mathbb Z) = ?$ how many homomorphism are there from $\mathbb Z/3\mathbb Z$ to $\mathbb Z/5\mathbb Z = ?$ Where $\mathbb Z$ represents ...
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Algorithms for generating $A_n$ and $S_n$ from specific generators

Is there a simple algorithm to generate the elements of the alternating group $A_n$ in terms of some small set of generators? For example, when $n = 4$, I'm looking for an algorithm whose output is a ...
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do we have any special algorithms or software to find all 2-sylow subgroups of a group?

I am working on a project that involves 2-sylow subgroups of groups,one thing that I need to do is to find all 2-sylow subgroups of a group and check that it is cyclic or not, now my question is that ...
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How to efficiently represent and manipulate polynomials in software?

I've started to work on a package (written in matlab for now) that among other things must be able to represent and manipulate (compare, add, multiply, differentiate, etc) polynomials in several ...
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Fixed Spaces for Group Elements

what is the GAP code for finding the fixed space? A list of row vectors that form a base of the vector space $V$ such that $v M = v$ for all $v$ in $V$ and all matrices $M$ in the list $mats$.
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Write two (or more) numbers as sum of multiples of other numbers (one, two or more)

I have the following problem: Numbers 32, 35 and 57 can be written as sum of multiples of 7 and 9: 32 = (7*2) + (9*2) 35 = (7*5) + (9*0) 57 = (7*3) + (9*4) Is ...
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Software for Braid Groups

I am looking for software/online tool that works on Braid Groups. I am aware that there are resources that allows you to draw braids by imputing generators or detect whether two braids are equivalent ...
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Calculating $b_1,b_2,…,b_k$ where $b_i$=$a_1a_2…a_{i-1}a_{i+1}…a_k$ in minimal number of multiplications

Let's suppose we have a set of integers $a_1, a_2, ..., a_k$ in $Z_n^{*}$, and that we define $b_i$ to be the multiplication $a_1a_2...a_{i-1}a_{i+1}...a_k$. Is there a way to calculate the set ...
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Minimum value of a positive definite binary quadratic form along integers

Is there a formula for the least non-zero value of $$f(x,y):=ax^2+bxy+cy^2$$ as $x,y$ assume integer values? Here $a,b,c$ are integers with $a,d>0$ and $b^2-4ac<0$.
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Quantum Mechanics in Electric Field

I asked this problem in Physics SE but I did not get any useful answers except one. I believe asking this question here would be more beneficial owing to the Mathematical nature of the problem. I am ...
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Conjugacy classes of PSL(6,7)

I need the conjugacy class sizes of projective special linear group PSL(6,7). I couldn't find it by using GAP. Could someone find it?
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Computational cost of solving $Ax_i = b_i$ for $i=1,…,m$

$A$ is an invertible matrix square $n$ matrix. The exercise is about 3 different ways you can solve this and I have to determine its efficiency. It's always the same matrix $A$ but a different right ...
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Computing Images of Varieties

Somehow, this problem has been coming up a lot lately in different guises, which I'm taking as a sign that I ought to stop avoiding computational algebraic geometry. I could probably dig this up in ...
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how to begin self study of computational group theory.

Today in class on finite group theory our professor taught us Mathieu groups and so we dealt with Steiner system and similar. He said from here on you can pursue computational group theory and start ...
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The determination of the Galois group of a polynomial

The GAP package has a function $\mathtt {GaloisType}$ that takes a polynomial as an argument and returns a number, the index of the transitive group of order the degree of the polynomial. I read ...
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Calculating Bloch-Wigner dilogarithm

Is there some tool/calculator (or some tables) for explicitly calculating values of the Bloch-Wigner dilogarithm?
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Division by factorized polynomials in Macaulay2

I have this problem dividing by factorized polynomials, for example (x_1^4-x_2^4)//(factor(x_1^2-x_2^2)) does not work because the numerator is of "class R" (R is the ring kk[x_1..x_n]) and the ...
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Writing $I= (xz-y^2, yt- z^2)$ as an intersection of prime ideals

I need to write the ideal $I= (xz-y^2, yt- z^2) \subset R = \mathbb{K}[x,y,z,t]$ as intersection of prime ideals. Any idea? For the moment, I've noticed that $I$ is radical, then it suffices to ...
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Any abstract algebra book with programming (homework) assignment?

All: I had studied abstract algebra long time ago. Now, I would like to review some material, particularly about Galois theory (and its application). Can anyone recommend an abstract algebra book ...
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Is there any efficient algorithm for finding subgroups of a given finite group?

I am implementing an algorithm which finds every subgroup of given group. Here's my algorithm. Let $G$ be a group of order $n$ with elements $g_1,\cdots,g_n$. Then I consider each $\langle ...
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Isomorphism between two magmas with one.

Do we have a method to find one (or all) isomorphism between two given magmas with one using GAP? Edit If we have Loop or Latin square (with one) instead of Magma then do we have the method?
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Let I, J ideals. Are they equal?

Let $$I= \langle 11x^5y+7xy^6+9,8xy^4+6xy+9 \rangle$$ $$J= \langle 7x^5y^2+17x^2y^5+29,13xy^4+62xy^3+19 \rangle$$ ideals. Examine whether those two ideals are equal. By seeing their 3D plots I ...
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Has there been work on computational group theory applications to computing colimits of crosses n-cubes of groups?

I'm trying to compute homotopy groups of a few spaces using crossed n-cubes of groups. I'm able to describe a few colimits in terms of quotients of induced crossed modules and nonabelian tensor ...
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number of symmetries of an arbitrary graph

Given an (undirected) graph G, is there way to (approximately) estimate the order of Aut(G)-- i.e., the number of permutations ...
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Calculus of trigonometric functions based on elliptic Gauss functions?

Considering this 3 concepts: Arithmetic geometric mean Elliptic integral ( in relation to Gauss studies ) Newton's method I'm supposed to be able to write an algorithm to compute trigonometric ...
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Number of subgroups of order $4$ and $8$ in a group of order $72$

Let $G$ be a group of order $72$. I want to calculate the number of subgroups of order $4$ and $8$ with GAP. How can I do? thanks in advance.
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How to find presentation of a group using GAP?

I have a group from Small Group Library and I want to find its presentation using GAP. I have tried to use PresentationFpGroup(G) but failed. Please suggest me a method.
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Boosting of Coset diagrams

If we have the diagram that represents a transitive permutation representation of $(p,q,r_o)$ for some $p, q$ and $r_o$, we often use this diagram to get diagrams for any $r>r_o$. We can do this ...
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Does the Windows version of MAGMA have a memory limit?

Sorry if this isn't the best place to ask support type MAGMA questions, but I haven't found a single forum or anything for MAGMA users to talk. I have access to a copy of MAGMA which is running on a ...
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Expressing a matrix in terms of subgroup generators using Magma

With Magma, it is possible to define a subgroup $H$ of a finite matrix group $G$ in terms of generators. Given a matrix $M\in G$, Magma can also determine whether $M\in H$. Presumably, if Magma ...
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An algorithm for generating a finite group with a finite set of generators

Let $A$ be a finite set of permutations on $\Bbb N$ with finite support. Is there a good efficient algorithm to obtain the subgroup $\left<A\right>$ of the symmetric group ...
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Galois group of $x^5-12x+2$ over $\mathbb{Q}$

I've always been able to compute the Galois groups of polynomials of degree $\leq 4$, but I have trouble at higher degrees. I can factor quadratics and cubics, and get the solutions from there, but ...
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Help with Polynomial Roots Problem

Let's consider the case of two variables, $p\in\mathbb{R}[x,y]$. Suppose I want to find when there is $c\in\mathbb{R}$ such that $$p(x,x)+p(x,c-x)-p(c-x,x)-p(c-x,c-x)=0 \textbf{ for all } ...
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Find the number of irreducible factors of $x^{63} - 1$

I have to find the number of irreducible factors of $x^{63} - 1$ over $\mathbb{F}_2$ using the $2$-cyclotomic cosets modulo $63$. Is there a way to see how many the cyclotomic cosets are and what is ...
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Does this proof that the resultant provides an upper bound for intersection multiplicity look correct?

Let $f,g \in \mathbb{C}[x,y]$ such that $f(0,0)=g(0,0)=0$ and the varieties $V(f)$ and $V(g)$ are both smooth at $(0,0)$ such that the tangent line of $V(f)$ and $V(g)$ is not the $y$ axis. Let ...
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The Command “TzGoGo” in GAP

I am learning GAP and would like to ask one question about a command called "TzGoGo": If $P$ is a finite presentation of a group $G$, then will the eventual result of the command "TzGoGo(P)" be ...
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GAP Responding Time

I am running GAP 4.6.5 on my six-year-old computer and sometimes it takes like forever for GAP to respond to my simple commands. An easy example is as follows: ...
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Simplifying Relations in a Group

Let $K$ be the group generated by four elements $x_1,\cdots,x_4$ with relations that any simple commutator with repeated generator is trivial; for example, $[[x_2,[x_1,x_3]],x_3]=1$. As I have asked ...
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Using GAP to compute the abelianization of a subgroup

Let $K$ be the group generated by four elements $x_1,\cdots,x_4$ with relations that each generator commutes with all its conjugates. (An equivalent relation is, any simple commutator with repeated ...
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minmax of hamming weight in a basis for a vector space

Consider the vector space $V=\mathbb{Z}_2^n$ and take some linear subspace $U\subseteq V$ (we can assume we are given some basis for $U$). Now, for every basis $B$ of U, define $f(B)=\max_{b\in ...
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Algorithm for Finitely Presented Torsion-Free Nilpotent Groups

I am studying some finitely presented, torsion-free and nilpotent groups $G$ and need to consider the following question: Let $H$ be a subgroup of $G$ and suppose that $H$ is generated by ...
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Websites/Software for Group computation

Anyone knows a website or software that helps to do computations in a group? For example, by inputting generators and relations in the group, can we tell when two particular elements in the group ...
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Efficient way to compute min/max

I have a function: \begin{equation*} f(a_1,\ldots,a_7,b_1,\ldots,b_4)=-\tfrac12 a_1 + a_1 b_1+\tfrac12 a_1 b_2-\tfrac12 a_1 a_2 b_2 + 2 a_1 a_2 - \tfrac32 a_1 a_2 b_1 - \tfrac12 a_4 + a_4 b_1 + ...
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Do we need Gröbner bases to study factor rings of polynomials?

I'm trying to understand how we can systematically study the factor rings of polynomials over a ring K. For example imagine that we're working in $R=K[x_1,...,x_n]$ and we have the ideal ...
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Product of (strongly) stable ideals and lexsegment ideals

(1) Is the product of lexsegment ideals again a lexsegment ideal? (2) Is the product of (strongly) stable ideals again (strongly) stable? I know that both of them are false and I can find examples ...
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What is computational group theory?

What is computational group theory? What is the difference between computational group theory and group theory? Is it an active area of the mathematical research currently? What are some of the ...
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The h-vector of a simplicial complex

Let $S$ be a polynomial ring over a field. I want to find an ideal $ I\subseteq S$ such that $(1,2,3,1,1,1)$ is the $h$-vector of $S/I$. We have a relation between $f$-vector and $h$-vector and ...