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New algorithms for finding irreducible polynomials over finite fields

Author: Victor Shoup
Journal: Math. Comp. 54 (1990), 435-447
MSC: Primary 11T06; Secondary 11Y16
MathSciNet review: 993933
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Abstract: We present a new algorithm for finding an irreducible polynomial of specified degree over a finite field. Our algorithm is deterministic, and it runs in polynomial time for fields of small characteristic. We in fact prove the stronger result that the problem of finding irreducible polynomials of specified degree over a finite field is deterministic polynomial-time reducible to the problem of factoring polynomials over the prime field.

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