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polynomials over finite fields

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  • Subject: [mg31339] polynomials over finite fields
  • From: theodore hwa <hwatheod at Stanford.EDU>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 02:23:23 -0500 (EST)
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How does one do polynomial arithmetic over finite fields using
Mathematica efficiently?  After loading the Algebra`FiniteFields package, I
constructed a few polynomials with finite field coefficients (over the
field of 25 elements), and then tried both Expand and Distribute to
multiply it out, but it was extremely slow.  I was only multiplying
something like a 5 term polynomial by a 4 term polynomial, and it was
taking forever.  This would not happen with normal polynomials in Mathematica.


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