Questions on symmetric polynomials, polynomials in several variables that are invariant under permutation of the variables.

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What is the function space generated by addition and $(a,b)\mapsto (a+b)^{-1}\cdot a\cdot b$ of elements and their inverses?

(the motivation section turned out a little long, the mathematical question is at the end) I need to work with electrical circuts at the moment, computing effective impedances etc. From ...
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A generalized (MacLaurin's) average for functions

The average value of a function $y=f(x)$, on an interval $[a,b]$, is ${1\over {b-a}}\int_a^b f(t)dt$. This of course relates to the arithmetic average. It is easy to see that a corresponding formula ...
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Why does the discriminant of a cubic polynomial being less than 0 indicate complex roots?

The discriminant $\Delta = 18abcd - 4b^3d + b^2 c^2 - 4ac^3 - 27a^2d^2$ of the cubic polynomial $ax^3 + bx^2 + cx+ d$ indicates not only if there are repeated roots when $\Delta$ vanishes, but also ...
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How to prove $(a-b)^3 + (b-c)^3 + (c-a)^3 -3(a-b)(b-c)(c-a) = 0$ without calculations

I read somewhere that I can prove this identity below with abstract algebra in a simpler and faster way without any calculations, is that true or am I wrong? $$(a-b)^3 + (b-c)^3 + (c-a)^3 ...
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Using Vieta's theorem for cubic equations to derive the cubic discriminant

Background: Vieta's Theorem for cubic equations says that if a cubic equation $x^3 + px^2 + qx + r = 0$ has three different roots $x_1, x_2, x_3$, then $$\begin{eqnarray*} -p &=& x_1 + x_2 ...
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Polynomials invariant under the action of $S_m \times S_n$

The polynomial ring $\mathbb{C}[x_1,\ldots,x_n]$ has a maximal subring invariant under the action of $S_n$ on the variables. This is the ring of symmetric polynomials. Suppose we have ...
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Generalizing Newton's identities: Trace formula for Schur functors

We work over $\mathbb C$. A general linear group ${\rm GL}(V)$ acts diagonally on the tensor power $V^{\otimes n}$ as $$(A^{\otimes n})(v_1\otimes\cdots\otimes v_n):=(Av_1)\otimes\cdots\otimes ...
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What are the analogues of Littlewood-Richardson coefficients for monomial symmetric polynomials?

The product of monomial symmetric polynomials can be expressed as $m_{\lambda} m_{\mu} = \Sigma c_{\lambda\mu}^{\nu}m_{\nu}$ for some constants $c_{\lambda\mu}^{\nu}$. In the case of Schur ...
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Basis for $\Bbb Z[x_1,\cdots,x_n]$ over $\Bbb Z[e_1,\cdots,e_n]$

I'm reading the introductory bits in Procesi's Lie Groups, and on p. 22 we have (paraphrasing) Theorem 2. $\mathcal{B}=\{x_1^{\large h_1}\cdots x_n^{\large h_n}: 0\le h_k\le n-k\}$ is a basis for ...
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Can $e_n$ always be written as a linear combination of $n$-th powers of linear polynomials?

User Eric Gregor and I were talking in chat and he mentioned this question and postulated the possibility of an approach through symmetric polynomials. After some thinking, I came to this: ...
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A simple 2 grade equations system

If we have: $$x^2 + xy + y^2 = 25 $$ $$x^2 + xz + z^2 = 49 $$ $$y^2 + yz + z^2 = 64 $$ How do we calculate $$x + y + z$$
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Symmetric polynomials

I've got a seemingly simple question that I've become curious about as a result of supervising some undergraduate research. Let's suppose we have some sequence of polynomials $f_0, f_1, f_2, \cdots ...
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Multivariate polynomial with all coefficients positive

Let $n\geq 3$ be an integer. Consider the following polynomials : $$ f(x_1,x_2, \ldots ,x_n)=\bigg(\frac{1}{n}\sum_{k=1}^n x_k^n\bigg)^{2n-2}- \bigg(\prod_{k=1}^n \frac{x_k^{2n-2}+\big(\prod_{j\neq ...
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Three-variable system of simultaneous equations

$x + y + z = 4$ $x^2 + y^2 + z^2 = 4$ $x^3 + y^3 + z^3 = 4$ Any ideas on how to solve for $(x,y,z)$ satisfying the three simultaneous equations, provided there can be both real and complex ...
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Number of terms in a monomial symmetric polynomial

Is there a closed form expression for the number of terms in a monomial symmetric polynomial in a given number of variables for a particular partition of exponents, in terms of which/how many ...
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Number of distinct $f(x_1,x_2,x_3,\ldots,x_n)$ under permutation of the input

$\alpha _n ^n-1=0$ $\alpha _n=e^{2 \pi i/n}$ $$f(x_1,x_2,x_3,\ldots,x_n)=(x_1+\alpha _n x_2+ \alpha _n ^2 x_3+\cdots+\alpha _n ^{n-1} x_n)^n$$ I have read in Jim Brown's paper on page 5 that ...
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Specializations of elementary symmetric polynomials

Let $\mathcal{S}_{x}=\{x_{1,},x_{2},\ldots x_{n}\}$ be a set of $n$ indeterminates. The $h^{th}$elementary symmetric polynomial is the sum of all monomials with $h$ factors \begin{eqnarray*} ...
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'Galois Resolvent' and elementary symmetric polynomials in a paper by Noether

In Emmy Noether's 1915 paper "Der Endlichkeitssatz der Invarianten endlicher Gruppen", I saw the notion of a 'Galois resolvent', which I don't quite understand. Google didn't really help me with that, ...
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If $x+\dfrac{1}{x}=5$, find the value of $x^5+\dfrac{1}{x^5}$.

If $x>0$ and $x+\dfrac{1}{x}=5$, find the value of $x^5+\dfrac{1}{x^5}$. Is there some other way to do find it? $$ \left(x^2+\frac{1}{x^2}\right)\left(x^3+\frac{1}{x^3}\right)=23\cdot 110. $$ ...
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symmetric polynomials and the Newton identities

I want to write $P(x,y,z)=yx^{3}+zx^{3}+xy^{3}+zy^{3}+xz^{3}+yz^{3}$ in terms of elementary symmetric polynomials, but I'm getting stuck at the first step. I know I should follow the proof of the ...
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Expressing a symmetric polynomial in terms of elementary symmetric polynomials using computer?

Are there any computer algebra systems with the functionality to allow me to enter in an explicit symmetric polynomial and have it return that polynomial in terms of the elementary symmetric ...
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Taking a power of a polynomial to make it symmetric

Suppose I have a non-symmetric multi-variable polynomial in $n$ variables $P(x_1,x_2,...,x_n)$. For example $P$ might be $x_1^2+x_2$ or $x_1-x_2$ Under what conditions will some power $m$ of $P$ ...
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Derivative of Schur function

In his answer to http://mathoverflow.net/questions/129854, R. Stanley says that the partial derivative (over the relevant x[i]) of the Schur function of a partition lambda of n equals the sum the ...
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Is the application of $\mu$ on $P_x(s)^k$ analogous to the differentiation $\frac{d^k f(\lambda) }{d\lambda^k}\biggr|_{\lambda=0}$?

Let me start with the following on elementary symmetric polynomials: The elementary symmetric polynomials appear when we expand a linear factorization of a monic polynomial: we have the identity ...
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Are there asymptotic expressions for multiple zetas $\small \zeta(s),\zeta(s,s),\zeta(s,s,s),\ldots$ where $\small s=1+\delta, \delta\to 0$?

Playing around with elementary symmetric functions I tried to generalize that to infinite series and arrived at the well known concept of MZV ("multiple zeta values"). At the moment I'm only ...
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Schur skew functions

Let $\lambda,\mu,\nu$ be some partitions. Let's denote with $s_\lambda,s_\mu,s_\nu$ the Schur functions associated to these partitions. If $s_\mu s_\nu=\sum_\lambda c^\lambda_{\mu\nu}s_\lambda$ ...
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Sum of cubed roots

I need to calculate the sums $$x_1^3 + x_2^3 + x_3^3$$ and $$x_1^4 + x_2^4 + x_3^4$$ where $x_1, x_2, x_3$ are the roots of $$x^3+2x^2+3x+4=0$$ using Viete's formulas. I know that ...
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Need help solving a particular system of non-linear equations analytically

How would one go about analytically solving a system of non-linear equations of the form: $a + b + c = 4$ $a^2 + b^2 + c^2 = 6$ $a^3 + b^3 + c^3 = 10$ Thanks!
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Finding value of equation without solving for a quadratic equation

How do I go about solving this problem: If $α$ and $β$ are the roots of $x^2+2x-3=0$, without solving the equation, find the values of $α^6 +β^6$. In my thoughts: I commenced by expanding $(α ...
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Prove or disprove the system about $n$th power has only one solution $x=y=1$

$$\begin{cases}x^n+y^n=2\\x+y=2\end{cases}\;,\;n\in\mathbb{N}\;,\;x,y\in\mathbb{R}\;,\;n>2$$ I have tried to show that $\displaystyle y'=-\frac{x^{n-1}}{y^{n-1}}=-1$ $$......$$ therefore $x=y=1$ ...
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Are the elementary symmetric polynomials “unique”?

The elementary symmetric polynomials are interesting in that they generate the set of symmetric polynomials, in the sense that every symmetric polynomial is some polynomial applied to the elementary ...
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Analog of Newton's theorem for symmetric polynomials

Newton's theorem of symmetric polynomials says that every symmetric polynomial can be written as a polynomial in elementary symmetric polynomials. Hence when $S_n$ acts on $\mathbb{Q}(x_1,...,x_n)$ ...
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Character of the $n^{\text{th}}$ symmetric power of the standard representation of $S_3$

So I am working out Fulton-Harris's Representation Theory text. For $S_3$, there is the standard representation $V$ which is two dimensional. That's all great and fine. Let $Sym^k(V)$ be the symmetric ...
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A proof of the fundamental theorem of symmetric polynomials

I'm reading Exploratory Galois Theory by John Swallow. On page 123 he gives the following remark / alternate proof of the fundamental theorem of symmetric polynomials: Let $K$ be a field and $L$ ...
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Understanding the Fundamental Theorem of Symmetric Polynomials within the context of proving $\pi$ transcendental

I am currently studying the proof of the transcendence of $\pi$. There are a bunch of proofs scattered across the web (here, here, and here, to list some); some derive from the Lindemann-Weierstrass ...
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Combinatorics and symmetric functions

(The actual questions in this posting are at the bottom.) Occasionally someone asks here how to show that every nonempty finite set has just as many subsets of odd cardinality as of even cardinality ...
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The close form expression of a Pfaffian

Recall Schur's Pfaffian identity: $$ \mathrm{Pf}\left(\frac{x_j-x_i}{x_j+x_i}\right)_{1\le i,j\le 2n} = \prod_{1\le i<j \le 2n}\frac{x_j-x_i}{x_j+x_i}. $$ Here $x_1,x_2\cdots x_{2n}$ are $2n$ ...
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Proofs of The Fundamental Theorem of Symmetric Polynomials

I have been considering a few proofs of this theorem, and I noticed that a few of them (for example Proof 1, and Proof 2) prove the theorem first for homogeneous symmetric polynomials and then ...
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Die Relationen, welche zwischen den elementaren symmetrischen Functionen bestehen - Translation?

I am trying to find a translation of this paper either in English or French (preferably English). I am not very optimistic, but i thought of asking in case somebody is more resourceful :)
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Ring of invariants of Klein Four group

Assume $F$ is a field and assume $f\in F[x_1,\ldots,x_4]$ is a polynomial that is invariant under the Klein Four group $V_4$. How can I show that this polynomial can then be rewritten as a polynomial ...
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Sum of cubes of roots of a quartic equation

$x^4 - 5x^2 + 2x -1= 0$ What is the sum of cube of the roots of equation other than using substitution method? Is there any formula to find the sum of square of roots, sum of cube of roots, and sum ...
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Factoring $(a+b)(a+c)(b+c)=(a+b+c)(ab+bc+ca)-abc$

How to prove the following equality? $$(a+b)(a+c)(b+c)=(a+b+c)(ab+bc+ca)-abc$$ I did it $$\begin{aligned} a^2b + a^2c + ab^2 + cb^2 + bc^2 + ac^2 + 2abc &=a^2(b + c) + bc(b + c) + a(b^2 + ...
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Roots of power sum symmetric polynomials

I had a few questions about the roots of power sum symmetric polynomials: Given that $x_1^k+x_2^k+x_3^k= 0$ for all $k \not \equiv 0\mod 3$ and is non-zero otherwise, if we assume none of the ...
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An elementary symmetric polynomial question

If we have three complex numbers $a,b,c$ such that the three elementary symmetric polynomials $a+b+c$, $ab+ac+bc$, and $abc$ are all integers, what characteristics can one deduce about $a,b,c$? For ...
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Optimize a symmetric polynomial on a compact set

This looks like a stupid question, but the obvious answer (if there is one) eludes me … Let $f(x,y)$ be a symmetric polynomial in $x$ and $y$. Then $f$ attains a minimum $m$ on the compact set ...
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Do these special power functions generate all homogeneous symmetric polynomials?

Over rational numbers, the set of all power functions up to a certain degree generate all symmetric polynomials in that degree. My question is as follows. To be succinct, let's say we have four ...
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How to compute the weights of $\Gamma_{3,1}$ the irrep of $\mathfrak{sl}_3\Bbb C$

I am wondering about a combinatorial formula for computing the weights of the irreducible representations $\Gamma_{a,b}$ of $\mathfrak{sl}_3\Bbb C$. By $\Gamma_{a,b}$ I mean the irrep that has highest ...
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Writing sum of square roots with symmetric polynomials

I want to write the function $$ F_N=\sum_{i=1}^N\sqrt{x_i} $$ in terms of the $N$ elementary symmetric polynomials of the $N$ positive variables $x_1,\dots,x_N$. The $N=1$ case is trivial, as we ...
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Symmetrizing a sequence of vectors

Given a finite set of real numbers $X_1, \ldots, X_n$, we can compute the first $n$ power sums of these numbers. From the power sums, the set $\{X_1, \ldots, X_n\}$ can be recovered. Essentially we ...
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Existence of a Root of Elementary Monomials

Let $m_\lambda(X_1(t),X_2(t),...X_N(t))$ be a monomial symmetric function with partition $\lambda$. For example: $$ m_{(3,1,1)}(X_1(t),X_2(t),...X_N(t)) =X_1^3X_2X_3 + X_1X_2^3X_3 + X_1X_2X_3^3 $$ ...