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Shortening Polynomials

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  • Subject: [mg413] Shortening Polynomials
  • From: corcoran (Stephen Corcoran) <corcoran%markov.stats at>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jan 1995 12:41:12 +0000

Dear Mathgroupers,

Many thanks for all the replies I got for my previous requests.  I
have a feeling this may be trivial, but I often want to shorten
polynomials, after using Expand.  At the moment, I use the following
type of unwieldy expression:

t1 = a0 + a1 q + a2 q^2 ;
Expand[%^4] /. {q^3->0,q^4->0,q^5->0,q^6->0,q^7->0,q^8->0};

Is there a neater way to collect powers up to order m after
expanding a polynomial?


Stephen Corcoran,		email:	corcoran at (internet)
Dept. of Statistics,			corcoran at (janet)
University of Oxford,
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