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Author:
Jacob T. B. Beard

Journal:
Math. Comp. **28** (1974), 1159-1166

MSC:
Primary 12C05; Secondary 12-04

MathSciNet review:
0352058

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Abstract: This paper gives an elementary deterministic algorithm for completely factoring any polynomial over , criteria for the identification of three types of primitive polynomials, an exponential representation for which permits direct rational calculations in as opposed to modular arithmetic over , and a matrix representation for which admits computer computations. The third type of primitive polynomial examined permits the given representation of to display a primitive normal basis over . The techniques developed require only the usual addition and multiplication of square matrices over . Partial tables from computer programs based on certain of these results will appear in later papers.

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DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.1090/S0025-5718-1974-0352058-9

Keywords:
Factorization,
arithmetic in finite fields,
irreducibility criterion,
primitive polynomials,
primitive normal bases,
Euler function,
exponent,
linear polynomial,
algebraic closure

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American Mathematical Society