|COMPUTER SCIENCE/DISCRETE MATH I|
|Topic:||Composition of Rational Functions|
|Affiliation:||Member, School of Mathematics|
|Date:||Monday, September 29|
|Time/Room:||11:15am - 12:15pm/S-101|
I will discuss this problem: given rational functions f and g over a field K , determine whether there are nonconstant rational functions u and v over K such that u(f(x)) = v(g(x)) . An equivalent problem is to compute the intersection of two fields which lie between K and K(x) . This has been solved completely in case f and g are polynomials and K has characteristic zero; but it remains open in nearly all other cases. I will present a new algorithm for this problem.