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Re: Algorithm used by "Reduce" function
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*Subject*: [mg71874] Re: [mg71823] Algorithm used by "Reduce" function
*From*: Andrzej Kozlowski <akoz at mimuw.edu.pl>
*Date*: Fri, 1 Dec 2006 06:22:33 -0500 (EST)
*References*: <200611301105.GAA08472@smc.vnet.net>
On 30 Nov 2006, at 20:05, Jim Smith wrote:
> Hello,
>
> Does anyone happen to know the algorithm used by the "Reduce"
> function?
> For instance:
>
> In[1]:= Reduce[{10x + 5y + z == 10, x + y + z == 1, x ³ 0, y ³ 0,
> z ³ 0}, {x, y, z}]
>
> Out[1]= x == 1 && y == 0 && z == -y
>
> How does it achieve this answer?
>
> Thanks,
> Jim
>
It uses many algorithms, but for this particular example (very
trivial one) it calls up an algorithm from "real algebraic geometry"
called CylindricalAlgebraicDecomposition (due to G.E. Collins).
In[1]:=
CylindricalDecomposition[{10*x + 5*y + z == 10,
x + y + z == 1, x >= 0, y >= 0, z >= 0}, {x, y, z}]
Out[1]=
x == 1 && y == 0 && z == 0
Note that the form of the answer above is equivalent but slightly
different from the one given by Reduce, which is due to the multi-
algorithm nature of Reduce.
Andrzej Kozlowski
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