CommutativeRings.jl
W.I.P
Introduction
This software is the start of a computer algebra system specialized to
discrete calculations in the area of integer numbers ℤ
, modular arithmetic ℤ/m
fractional ℚ
, polynomials ℤ[x]
. Also multivariate polynomials ℤ[x,y,...]
and Galois fields GF(p^r)
are supported.
This is not seen as a replacement of Nemo.jl
or AbstractAlgebra.jl
, which should be used for serious work.
It is understood more like a sandbox to try out a simpler API.
It is important, that rings may be freely combined, for example (ℤ/p)[x]
(polynomials over the quotient ring for a prime number p
),
Frac(ℤ[x])
, the rational functions with integer coefficients, or GF(64)[:x]
, polynomials over the Galois field.
The quotient rings include ideals, which are of major importance with multivariate polynomials.
The mentioned examples are elementary examples for ring structures. The can be liberately combined to fractional fields, quotient rings, and polynomials of previously defined structures.
So it is possible to work with rational functions, which are fractions of polynomials, where the polynomial coefficients are in ℤ/p, for example.
The the current standard library we have modules Rational
and Polynomial
besides the numeric subtypes of Number
and some support for modular calculations with integers.
The original motivation for writing this piece of sofware, when I tried to handle polynomials over a quotient ring. There was no obvious way of embedding my ring elements
into the Julia
language and for example exploit polynomial calculations from the Polynomial
package for that. There seems to be a correspondence between Julia
types and structures and the algebraic stuctures I want to work with. So the idea was born to define
abstract and concrete types in Julia
, the objects of those types representing the ring
elements to operate on. As types are first class objects in Julia
it was also possible to
define combinations in a language affine way. Also ring homomorphisms
, i.e. strucurerespecting mappings between rings (of differnt kind) find a natural representation as oneargumentfunctions or methods with corresponding domains. The typical canonical homomorphisms, can be conveniently implemented as constructors.
The exploitation of the julia structures is in contrast to the alternative package AbstractAlgebra, which defines separate types for ring elements and the ring classes themselves, the elements keeping an explicit link to the owner structure.
To distinct variants of rings, we use type parameters, for example the m
in ℤ/m
or the x
in ℤ[:x]
. Other type parameters may be used to specify implementation restictions, for
example typically the integer types used for the representation of the objects.
Correspondence between algebraic and Julia categories:
algebraic  Julia  example 

category Ring  abstract type  abstract type Ring ... 
algebraic structure ℤ/m  concrete type  struct ZZmod{m,Int} <: Ring 
specialisation ℤ is a Ring  type inclusion  ZZ{Int] <: Ring 
ring element a of R  object  a isa R 
basic binary operations a + b  binary operator  a + b 
homomorphism h : R > S  method  h(::R)::S = ... 
canonical h : R > S  constructor  S(::R) = ... 
Usage example
julia> using CommutativeRings
# starting with some calculation in the quotient field Z/31
julia> m = 31
31
julia> ZZp = Int8/m
ZZmod{31,Int8}
julia> modulus(ZZp)
31
julia> z1 = ZZp(12)
12°
julia> z2 = ZZp(17)
14°
julia> z1 + z2
2°
julia> z1 * z2
13°
julia> inv(z1)
13°
julia> 13z1
1°
# using a big prime as parameter, the class is identified by an arbitrary symbol (:p)
julia> ZZbig = BigInt / (big(2)^521  1)
ZZmod{Symbol("##361"),BigInt}
julia> modulus(ZZbig)
686479766013060971498190079908139321726943530014330540939446345918554318339765
6052122559640661454554977296311391480858037121987999716643812574028291115057151
julia> zb = ZZbig(10)
10°
julia> zb^(modulus(ZZbig)1) # Fermat's little theorem for primes
1°
... # now polynomials with element type of Z/31
julia> P = UnivariatePolynomial{:x,ZZp}
UnivariatePolynomial{:x,ZZmod{31,Int8}}
julia> x = P([0, 1])
x
julia> p = (x + 2)^2 * (x1)
x^3 + 3°⋅x^2  4°
julia> p.coeff
4element Array{ZZmod{31,Int8},1}:
4°
0°
3°
1°
julia> 1 + p
x^3 + 3°⋅x^2  3°
julia> gcd(p, x1)
x  1°
julia> p / (x1)
x^2 + 4°⋅x + 4°
julia> p / (x+2)
x^2 + x  2°
julia> p / (x + 3) * (x + 1)
ERROR: DomainError with (x^3 + 3°⋅x^2  4°, x + 3°):
not dividable a/b.
Installation of this WIP version
$ cd ~/.julia/dev
$ git clone https://github.com/KlausC/CommutativeRings.jl.git CommutativeRings
$ julia
...
# press "]"
(v1.3) pkg> activate CommutativeRings
Activating environment at `~/.julia/dev/CommutativeRings/Project.toml`
(CommutativeRings) pkg>
# press backspace
julia> using CommutativeRings
[ Info: Precompiling CommutativeRings [a6d4fa9c9e0b479589f3f481b7b5e384]
(CommutativeRings) pkg> test
Testing CommutativeRings
Test Summary:  Pass Total
generic  23 23
Test Summary:  Pass Total
typevars  8 8
Test Summary:  Pass Total
ZZ  113 113
Test Summary:  Pass Total
QQ  42 42
Test Summary:  Pass Total
ZZmod  271 271
Test Summary:  Pass Total
univarpolynom  256 256
Test Summary:  Pass Total
multivarpolynom  151 151
Test Summary:  Pass Total
ideal  21 21
Test Summary:  Pass Total
fraction  32 32
Test Summary:  Pass Total
quotient  24 24
Test Summary:  Pass Total
factorization  20 20
Test Summary:  Pass Total
galoisfields  99 99
Test Summary:  Pass Total
numbertheory  24 24
Test Summary:  Pass Total
enumerations  31 31
Test Summary:  Pass Total
linearalgebra  23 23
Testing CommutativeRings tests passed
Implementation details
Classes
Name  supertype  description / constructor  remarks 

Ring 
Any 
abstract  supertype of all ring classes  
FractionField 
Ring 
abstract  ring of fractions over a ring  
QuotientRing 
Ring 
abstract  quotient (or factor) ring of a ring  
Polynomial 
Ring 
abstract  polynomials over a ring  
ZZ{type} 
Ring 
integer numbers  type is an integer Julia type 
ZZmod{M,type} 
QuotientRing 
ZZ / m quotient class modulo m 
m is an integer Julia value of type M 
QQ{type} 
FractionField 
rational numbers over integer  like Rational{type}  supports integer Julia and integer Rings 
Frac{R} 
FractionField 
fractions over a R typically polynomials 

Quotient{m,R} 
QuotientRing 
also R/m , ring modulo m 
m is an element or an ideal of R 
UnivariatePolynomial{X,R} 
Polynomial 
also R[:x] , ring of polynomials over R 
X is a symbol like :x 
MultivariatePolynomial{X,R} 
Polynomial 
also R[:x,:y,...] 
X is a list of distinct variable names 
GaloisField 
QuotientRing 
GF(p^r)  efficient implementation of Galois fields 
more details see below 
class construction
Each complete Julia
type (with all type parameters specified) defines a singlton algebraic class. Sometimes it is necessary to use distinguishing symbols as a first type parameter if the parameter value cannot be used directly.
For that purpose, there is a special function new_class
:
m = big"....."
Zm = new_class(ZZmod{:p,BigInt}, m)
# as opposed to
p = Int128(2)^127  1
Zp = ZZmod{p,Int128}
For general quotient classes and for polynomials there are convenient constructors, which
look like the typical mathematical notation R[:x,:y,...]
and R/I
.
Here the symbols :x, :y
define the name of the variables of a uni
or multivariate polynomial ring over R
. I
is an ideal of R or an element of
R
, which represents the corresponding principal ideal.
S = ZZ{Int}
P = S[:x]
x = monom(P, 1) # same as P([0,1])
Q = P/(x^2 + 1)
The /
notion is also implemented for Julia
integer types,
so this works:
Z31 = Int8/31 # equivalent to ZZmod{31,Int8}
Zbig = BigInt/(big"2"^5211) # equivalent to new_class(ZZmod{gensym(),BigInt}, m)
Ideals
Ideals are can be denoted as Ideal([a, ...])
where a, ... are elements of R
or
Ideal(a)
. For convenience, principal ideals support also a * R == Ideal(a)
and
p*R == Ideal(R(p))
, where p is an integer.
Z = ZZ{Int8}
Z1 = Z/31
Z2 = Z/Z(31)
Z3 = Z/31Z
Z4 = Z/Ideal(Z(31))
Z1 == Z2 == Z3 == Z4
It may be noted, that 0R
is the zero ideal (containing only the zero element of R
) and u*R == R
for all unit elements u
of R
.
We also have R/0R == R
and R/1R
== 0R
.
If there is one generating element of an ideal, a*R
, internally a
unit multiple of a
is stored to achieve a standard form, for
example a monic univariate polynomial.
In the case of multiple generating elements, a, b...
, an attempt
is made to standardize and reduce the stored base. For example if
R
is an integral domain, then gcd(a, b...)
is stored.
Ideals are most useful with multivariate polynomials, when they are best represented by a minimal base  see below.
Constructors for elements
The class names of all concrete types serve also as constructor names.
That means, if R
is a class name, then R(a)
is an element of R
for all
a
, which are integers or elements of (other) rings, which can be natuarally
embedded into R
.
For polynomial rings P
, the method call monom(P, i)
constructs the monic
monomials x^i
for nonnegative integers i
. That is extended to multivariate
cases monom(P, i, j, ...)
.
Mathematical operations
operation  operator  remarks 

add  +  operations with Base.BitIntegers throw upon overflow 
subtract    also unary 
multiply  *  
integer power  ^  use Base.power_by_squares 
divide  /  only if dividable without remainder 
divrem  complete integer division  
div  ÷  quotient integer division 
rem  %  remainder integer division 
gcd  classical Euclid's algorithm  
gcdx  extended Euclid's algorithm  
pdivrem  pseudo division for polynomials over rings d, r = divrem(p, q) => q * d + r = f * p wheref is in the base ring 

pgcd  pseudo gcd g, f = pgcd(p, q) 

pgcdx  pseudo gcdx g, u, v, f = pgcdx(p, q) => p * u + q * v = g * f where f is in base ring 

iszero  test if element is zeroelement of its ring  
zero  zero element of ring  
isone  test if element is oneelement of its ring  
one  one element of ring  
isunit  test if element is invertible in its ring  
deg  degree of polynomial, 1 for zero. For nonpolynomials always 0 . 

lc  leading coefficient of polynomial, otherwise identity  
ismonomial  short for isone(lc(x)) 

ismonic  polynomials of the form c * x^k for c in the base ring, k >= 0 integer 

monom  return monomial polygon with given degree  
isirreducible  polynomial cannot be split into nontrivial factors  
irreducibles  generate all irreducible polynomials of given degree  
modulus  for quotient rings and Galois fields the defining polynomial  
characteristic  of ring: smallest positive integer c with c * one(G) == 0 , otherwise 0 

dimension  of Galois fields or vector spaces  
order  of ring: number of all elements of ring; 0 if infinite 

order  of element x : smallest positive integer c with x^c == 1 , otherwise 0 

basetype  of ring: type of representative. If no a nested type, the type itself  
depth  of ring: nesting depth  
value  representant of element. For R/I the stored value from R . For Galois fields the polynomial. 

Associated classes
Each algebraic structure corresponds to a parameterized Julia
type or struct. For example, to represent Z/m, there is
abstract type Ring{<:RingClass} end
struct ZZmod{m,T<:Integer} <: Ring{ZZmodRingClass}; val::T; end
The subtypes of RingClass
are currently only containers for constant type variables. It may be necessary to hold values, which are specific for the algebraic structure, and cannot be stored in as type paramters. That is for example the case, when the modulus m
in the example above is a BigInt
.
In other cases, the classes are unused. The user needs not deal with those types.
Access to the type variable is used within the implementation by method owner(::Type{<:Ring}}
which provides the RingClass
object, when the complete type is known.
Preferred operation mode is to take the type parameters directly.
Univariate Polynomials
For each ring type R
the class of polynomials over R
is created like P = R[:x]
where the symbol :x
defines the variable name.
Polynomials of this class are obtained by the constructor
g = UnivariatePolynomial{R,:x}([1, 2, 3])
or more conveniently by
x = monom(P)
g = 3x^2 + 2x + 1
If R
is a finite Field (that means ZZ/p
or GaloisField  see below) the following options are available:
Univariate polynomials may be checked by isirreducible(p)
for their irreducibility
and factor(g)
delivers the list of irreducible factors of g
.
The factorization is also implemented for univariate polynomials over the integers (for example of type UnivariatePolynomials{ZZ{BigInt}[:x]}
)
The function irreducible(P, r)
delivers the first irreducible polynomial with degree r
.
All irreducible polynomials of P
with degree r
are obtained by irreducibles(P, r)
which is an iterator. That allows to apply Iterators.filter
or find
on this list.
While the number of polynomials of degree r
is order(R)^r
, the subset of
irreducibles has order num_irreducibles(P, r)
.
Galois Fields
All finite field have order p^r
where p
is a prime number and r >= 1
an integer.
It can be represented as a quotient ring of univariate polynomials over ZZ/p
by an irreducible monic polynomial g
of degree r
.
In short, if g
is known, we have (ZZ/p)[:x] / g
as a working implementation of a Galois field.
For r == 1
this can be identified with ZZ/p
(using g(x) = x
).
g
can be any monic polynomial of degree r
. When constructing the class GF(p^r) = GaloisField{p,r}
a brute force search for such polynomials is
performed using an efficient method to detect irreducibility. For r > 1
the monom x ∈ (ZZ/p)[:x] / g
with 0
and 1
generates the field by
applying addition and multiplication operations. Calculated in GF
, we have always g(x) = 0
.
We restrict the selection of g
in order to x
let generate the multiplicative subgroup of GF
by multiplication. That is possible for all p, r
.
Time efficiency of algebraic operations is improved by avoiding the expensive multiplicative calculations in the quotient ring and the use of
logarithmic tables in the size of p^r
. Each element is represented by an integer in 0:p^r1
, which corresponds to a polynomial of degree < r
in a canonical manner (for example the number 2p^3 + p + 1
maps uniquley to 2x^3 + x + 1
).
Using Galois Fields
We construct a Galois field conveniently by GF(p^r)
.
julia> p, r = 5, 6; # `p` is prime number, `r` not too big
julia> G = GF(5^6) # GF(5, 6) is also possible
GaloisField{5,6}
julia> g = modulus(G) # the selected irreducible polynomial
γ^6 + γ + 2°
julia> order(G) # `p^r`
15625
julia> x = G(p) # an easy way to obtain the standard monom
{0:0:0:0:1:0%5}
julia> order(x) # `x` generates the multiplicative subgroup
15624
julia> G.(0:p) # element number `p` is `x`
6element Array{GaloisField{5,6},1}:
{0:0:0:0:0:0%5}
{0:0:0:0:0:1%5}
{0:0:0:0:0:2%5}
{0:0:0:0:0:3%5}
{0:0:0:0:0:4%5}
{0:0:0:0:1:0%5}
julia> g(x) # the monom `x` is a root of `g`
{0:0:0:0:0:0%5}
# These are all zeros of g  see also `allzeros`
julia> x.^p.^(0:r1)
6element Array{GaloisField{5,6},1}:
{0:0:0:0:1:0%5}
{1:0:0:0:0:0%5}
{1:3:4:2:1:0%5}
{1:2:4:3:1:0%5}
{1:1:1:1:1:0%5}
{1:4:1:4:1:0%5}
julia> g.(x.^p.^(0:r1)) > unique
1element Array{GaloisField{5,6},1}:
{0:0:0:0:0:0%5}
Linear Algebra
Matrices and vectors of ring elements are supported.
x  A
is understood as x * I  A
.
The following methods handle vector spaces und subspaces:
operation  remarks 

nullspace  null space (kernel) of matrix 
intersect  instesection of subspaces 
sum  sum of subspaces 
rank  rank of matrix 
For a square matrix, also the following methods exist:
operation  remarks 

inv  matrix inverse  using generic LU factorization 
det  determinant  using generic LU factorization 
adjugate  for regular A : inv(A) * det(A) 
characteristic_polynomial  p(A) == 0 
companion  collides with Polynomials.companion 
For inv
, det
, and adjugate
if the element type is P<:Polynomial
, it should be widened to Frac(P)
.
Multivariate Polynomials
Some example usage:
julia> Z = ZZ / 7
ZZmod{7,Int8}
julia> P = Z[:x,:y]
MultivariatePolynomial{ZZmod{7,Int8},2,Symbol("8693009651133194268"),Int64,Tuple{2}}
julia> x, y = generators(P);
julia> (x + y)^2
x^2 + 2°*x*y + y^2
julia> (x + y)^7
x^7 + y^7
julia> z = (x + y^2) * (x^2 + y)
x^2*y^2 + x^3 + y^3 + x*y
julia> z^2 / (x^2 + y)^2
y^4 + 2°*x*y^2 + x^2
julia> I = [x+2; (x+1)*y];
2element Array{MultivariatePolynomial{ZZmod{7,Int8},2,Symbol("8693009651133194268"),Int64,Tuple{2}},1}:
x + 2°
x*y + y
julia> groebnerbase(I)
2element Array{MultivariatePolynomial{ZZmod{7,Int8},2,Symbol("8693009651133194268"),Int64,Tuple{2}},1}:
x + 2°
y
julia> P = (ZZ/97)[:x, :y]
MultivariatePolynomial{ZZmod{97,Int8},2,Symbol("8693009651133194268"),Int64,Tuple{2}}
julia> x, y = generators(P);
julia> I = [x^2*y + x*y; x*y^2 + 1]
2element Array{MultivariatePolynomial{ZZmod{97,Int8},2,Symbol("8693009651133194268"),Int64,Tuple{2}},1}:
x^2*y + x*y
x*y^2 + 1°
julia> groebnerbase(I)
2element Array{MultivariatePolynomial{ZZmod{97,Int8},2,Symbol("8693009651133194268"),Int64,Tuple{2}},1}:
y^2 + 96°
x + 1°
# example from [Gröbner Base](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gr%C3%B6bner_basis)
julia> I = [x^2  y; x^3  x]
2element Array{MultivariatePolynomial{ZZmod{7,Int8},2,Symbol("8693009651133194268"),Int64,Tuple{2}},1}:
x^2  y
x^3  x
julia> groebnerbase(I)
3element Array{MultivariatePolynomial{ZZmod{7,Int8},2,Symbol("8693009651133194268"),Int64,Tuple{2}},1}:
x^2  y
x*y  x
y^2  y
Acknowledgements
This package was inspired by the C++
library CoCoALib
, which can be found
here: CoCoALib.
The factorization of integer polynomials follows the D. Knuths infamous book "The Art of Computer Programming" chapter 4.6.2.