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RE: Multiplying large polynomials

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  • Subject: [mg14710] RE: [mg14685] Multiplying large polynomials
  • From: "Ersek, Ted R" <ErsekTR at>
  • Date: Tue, 10 Nov 1998 01:21:02 -0500
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Thomas Bell wrote:

>I'm trying to multiply two huge polynomials, and memory is a major
>concern.  I want to truncate the resulting polynomial to a specified
>power (N) in one of the variables (h), and I was wondering if it was
>possible to tell Mathematica to not bother multiplying two terms if the
>resulting power of h was greater than N.  This is, of course, in the
>hope that this "automatic truncation" would save time and memory.  For
>example, if
>poly1 = a h^2 + b;
>poly2 = d h + e;
>N = 2;
>then I would like to result to be
>result = a e h^2 + b d h + b e
>Instead, I have to write
>result = Expand[poly1 poly2]/.h^3 -> 0;
>which forces Mathematica to create the enormous product before
>truncating.  Please cc to tombell at, and thanks in advance
>for any suggestions.

This should do it:


b*e + b*d*h + a*e*h^2

I used InputForm for default output.

Ted Ersek

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