By Bernd Sturmfels

J. Kung and G.-C. Rota, of their 1984 paper, write: “Like the Arabian phoenix emerging out of its ashes, the idea of invariants, reported lifeless on the flip of the century, is once more on the leading edge of mathematics”. The ebook of Sturmfels is either an easy-to-read textbook for invariant thought and a hard examine monograph that introduces a brand new method of the algorithmic aspect of invariant conception. The Groebner bases process is the most instrument through which the primary difficulties in invariant thought turn into amenable to algorithmic suggestions. scholars will locate the booklet a simple creation to this “classical and new” zone of arithmetic. Researchers in arithmetic, symbolic computation, and machine technological know-how gets entry to a wealth of analysis rules, tricks for purposes, outlines and info of algorithms, labored out examples, and study problems.

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Consider the group D8 which is generated by the matrices p12 11 11 and 10 10 . It consists of 16 elements, and geometrically speaking, D8 is the symmetry group of a regular octagon in the plane. 90 . Let WC be the weight enumerator of a self-dual binary code C. Then WC is a polynomial invariant of the group D8 . 10. x12 x22 /2 . 11. The weight enumerator of every self-dual binary code is a polynomial function in Â1 and Â2 . 7. We have the representation WC2 D Â14 4 Â2 in terms of fundamental invariants.

Let d1 ; d2 ; : : : ; dn be the degrees of a collection of primary invariants of a matrix group . 1 ´dj / D ´e1 C ´e2 C : : : C ´e t : iD1 Proof. 1 ´/ We now take the limit ´ ! 5). id all converge ´ / to zero except for one summand where equals the identity matrix. 5) converges to 1=jj. On the right hand side we get t=d1 d2 : : : dn . The resulting identity t=d1 d2 : : : dn D 1=jj proves statement (a). The statement (b) follows directly from Eq. 4). G Now it is really about time for a concrete example which casts some light on the abstract discussion on the last few pages.

D C. In a self-dual code, k must be equal to n=2, and so n must be even. 7. The following 16 code words 00000000 11101000 01110100 00111010 10011100 01001110 10100110 11010010 11111111 00010111 10001011 11000101 01100011 10110001 01011001 00101101 define a self-dual Œ8; 4; 4 code C2 . Its weight enumerator equals WC2 D x18 C 14x14 x24 C x28 . The following theorem relates the weight enumerators of dual pairs of codes. A proof can be found in Sloane (1977: theorem 6). 8. If C is an Œn; k; d binary code with dual code C ?