# Tagged Questions

For questions on Gauss sums, a particular kind of finite sum of roots of unity.

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### Product of Gauss sums $\tau_p,\tau_q$

Let $p,q$ be different odd primes, and let $\tau_p = \sum\limits_{a=1}^{p}\left(\frac{a}{p}\right)e^{\frac{2\pi ia}{p}}$, $\tau_p = \sum\limits_{b=1}^{q}\left(\frac{b}{q}\right)e^{\frac{2\pi ib}{q}}$. ...
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### Reversing the $T(n) = \frac{n(n+1)}{2}$ formula

Can someone reverse this formula? Sorry if it's too basic, i'm an old guy and my math is rusty :-D $s =\frac{n(n+1)}{2}$ If it ain't clear, by reverse I mean obtaining the value of ...
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### How are Gauss sums the analogue of the gamma function for finite fields?

I've seen this statement on the internet in a few places and I don't really get the connection. Would anyone mind fleshing out the details? Thanks.
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### Why is the absolute value of this Gauss sum obvious?

I came across the Gauss sum discussed in the following post in a problem from my Galois theory course: http://mathoverflow.net/a/71282. Why exactly is the square of its norm obvious?
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### Upper bound for $\frac{\|x\|_1}{\|x\|_2}$ if each entry of $x\in R^d$ is i.i.d. sampled from Gaussian distribution $N(0,1)$

In the question, $\|x\|_1=\sum_{i=1}^d|x_i|$ with $|\cdot|$ being the absolute value, and $\|x\|_2=\sqrt{\sum_{i=1}^d x_i^2}$. In general, $\frac{\|x\|_1}{\|x\|_2}\leq \sqrt{d}$ always holds for ...
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### Gamma function and Gauss sums

In this Wikipedia article appears this : "Gauss sums are the analogues for finite fields of the Gamma function." What was the relation between gamma functions and non-finite fields?
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### Decompose a sum of Gaussian curves

I have a data set with 2 different curves in a .csv file. Both curves are a sum of Gaussian curves and I'd like to be able to decompose these curves into their substituent addends: ...
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### $\sum_{x \in \mathbb Z_9}w^{x^2-cx}=?$,where $c \in \mathbb Z_9$ and $w=e^{2\pi i/9}$

$$\sum_{x \in \mathbb Z_9}w^{x^2-cx}=?$$ where $c \in \mathbb Z_9$, $w=e^{2\pi i/9}$ and $\mathbb Z_9$ is the ring of integers modulo 9.
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### What is the Gauss sum equivalent of $\Gamma(s+1) = s\Gamma(s)$?

Gauss sums are analogous to the Gamma function: fix a complex number $s$ with real part $>0$. Then we have a multiplicative character $\chi_s :\mathbf R^{\times}_{>0} \to \mathbf C^\times$ given ...
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### Dirichlet characters as coboundaries of Gauss sums

Let $p$ be a prime number, and consider a Dirichlet character $\chi : (\mathbf Z/p\mathbf Z)^\times \to \mathbf C^\times$. Its image lands in the group $\mu_{p-1}$ of $(p-1)$-st roots of unity. The ...
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### Gaussian elimination with partial pivoting doubts

I have the following doubts about Gauss algorithm with partial pivoting: Say that I sum to the second row the first row multiplied by $k$. In the $L$ matrix, should I sum to the second row the first ...
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### Gauss Sum of a Field with Four Elements

I need to calculate a couple of Gauss sums to solve a problem I'm working on, but I keep getting the wrong answer because the absolute value of what I calculate is impossible for such a sum. Can ...