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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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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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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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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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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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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Show that the roots of the polynomial $x^4 - px^3 + qx^2 - pqx + 1 = 0$ satisfy a certain relationship

Here is the question: If the roots of the equation $$ x^4 - px^3 + qx^2 - pqx + 1 = 0 $$ are $\alpha, \beta, \gamma,$ and $\delta$, show that $$ (\alpha + \beta + \gamma)(\alpha + \beta + ...
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On an identity with $n$ variables

We know the followings : $$\color{red}{{x_1}^2+{x_2}^2-2x_1x_2}=\color{blue}{(x_1-x_2)^2}$$ ...
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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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A generalization of arithmetic and geometric means using elementary symmetric polynomials

Let $a_1, a_2, \ldots, a_n$ be positive real numbers. A while ago I noticed that if you form the polynomial $$ P(x) = (x - a_1)(x-a_2) \cdots (x-a_n) $$ then: The arithmetic mean of $a_1, \ldots, ...
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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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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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Ring of polynomials as a module over symmetric polynomials

Consider the ring of polynomials $\mathbb{k} [x_1, x_2, \ldots , x_n]$ as a module over the ring of symmetric polynomials $\Lambda_{\mathbb{k}}$. Is $\mathbb{k} [x_1, x_2, \ldots , x_n]$ free ...
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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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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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How can I use Fundamental Theorem of Symmetric Polynomials to factor polynomials?

How can I use The fundamental theorem of symmetric polynomials (or its proof) to factor symmetric polynomials? The link I've given to the theorem uses elaborate wordings using 'rings', ...
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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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$a_1^k+a_2^k+\ldots+a_n^k$ integer implies all integers?

Let $n$ be a positive integer, and let $a_1,\ldots,a_n$ be rational numbers. Suppose that $a_1^k+a_2^k+\ldots+a_n^k$ is an integer for all positive integers $k$. Is it true that $a_1,a_2,\ldots,a_n$ ...
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Flattening Young Tableaux

Let $\lambda=(\lambda_1,\lambda_2,\cdots,\lambda_k)$ be a partition with $|\lambda|=n$ and $\lambda_1\geq \lambda_2\geq\cdots\geq \lambda_k$. For any Standard Young Tableaux (SYT) $T$ of shape ...
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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 $\,\,x^5+\dfrac{1}{x^5}$.

If $x>0$ and $\,x+\dfrac{1}{x}=5,\,$ find $\,x^5+\dfrac{1}{x^5}$. Is there any other way find it? $$ \left(x^2+\frac{1}{x^2}\right)\left(x^3+\frac{1}{x^3}\right)=23\cdot 110. $$ Thanks
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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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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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Solving systems of equations

I had a system of equations and i want know the perfect method to solve that: Solve for $X, Y, Z$ where : $\\$ $X^² = Y + a$ $Y^² = Z + a$ $Z^² = X + a$
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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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$\{p_i\}$ generate the $k$-algebra of symmetric polynomials in $k[t_1, \dots, t_n]$ and are algebraically independent over $k$

Let $k$ be a field of characteristic $0$. For $j \ge 0$, let $p_j = t_1^j + \dots + t_n^j \in k[t_1, \dots, t_n]$. Prove that $p_1, \dots, p_n$ generate the $k$-algebra of symmetric polynomials in ...
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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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Question about primes of polynomial type.

It is well known that $50$ % of the primes are of the form $x^2 + y^2$. Many variants exists where a rational amount of primes is of some integer polynomial form. But I wonder ; are there integer ...
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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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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 :)