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Which algorithm(s) does FindIntegerNullVector[]

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  • Subject: [mg122414] Which algorithm(s) does FindIntegerNullVector[]
  • From: Simon <simonjtyler at>
  • Date: Fri, 28 Oct 2011 05:32:49 -0400 (EDT)
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I only just noticed that Mathematica 8 introduced the new function FindIntegerNullVector.
It is a integer relation function ( but the documentation and a Trace[..., TraceInternal -> True] gives no hint to what class of algorithms it belongs to.

Mathematica has for a long time had a variant of the LLL lattice reduction algorithm which can be used to generate integer relations. I've got some simple code based off Paul Abbott's ( which seems to perform better than the new FindIntegerNullVector, i.e. it needs less precision to find the correct relation in the cases I'm interested in.

So my question is:
Is FindIntegerNullVector based on LatticeReduce or does it use some other (more efficient) algorithm such as PSQL?

For those that are interested, here's my version of Paul's code:

TranscendentalRecognize[num_Real, basis_List, ord_Integer] :=
 Module[{vect, mat, lr, ans},
  vect = Round[10^(ord - 1) Join[{num}, N[basis, ord]]];
  mat = Append[IdentityMatrix[Length[vect]], vect];
  lr = LatticeReduce[Transpose[mat]];
  ans = First[lr[[1]]]^-1 Most[Rest[lr[[1]]]].basis;
  Sign[N@ans] Sign[num] ans]
TranscendentalRecognize[num_Real, basis_List] :=
 TranscendentalRecognize[num, basis, Precision[num] // IntegerPart]

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