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TitleAutomatic computation of the complete root classification for a parametric polynomial
Author(s) David J. Jeffrey, Songxin Liang
TypeArticle in Journal
AbstractAn improved algorithm, together with its implementation, is presented for the automatic computation of the complete root classification of a real parametric polynomial. The algorithm offers improved efficiency and a new test for non-realizable conditions. The improvement lies in the direct use of ‘sign lists’, obtained from the discriminant sequence, rather than ‘revised sign lists’. It is shown that the discriminant sequences, upon which the sign lists are based, are closely related both to Sturm–Habicht sequences and to subresultant sequences. Thus calculations based on any of these quantities are essentially equivalent. One particular application of complete root classifications is the determination of the conditions for the positive definiteness of a polynomial, and here the new algorithm is applied to a class of sparse polynomials. It is seen that the number of conditions for positive definiteness remains surprisingly small in these cases.
KeywordsComplete root classification, Parametric polynomial, Real quantifier elimination, Real root, Subresultant polynomial
ISSN0747-7171
URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747717109001047
LanguageEnglish
JournalJournal of Symbolic Computation
Volume44
Number10
Pages1487 - 1501
Year2009
Edition0
Translation No
Refereed No
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