Karim BELABAS on Wed, 23 Jun 1999 13:20:22 +0200 (MET DST)

 Re: changevar

```[Rosita Wachenchauzer:]
> Here is some problem I've found while using the changevar function in
> the GP calculator.
[...]
> ? p = x^5+5*x*y^3+z
> %1  = x^5 + 5*y^3*x + z
> ? poldegree(p)
> %2 = 5
> ? q =changevar(p,[z,x,y])
> %3 = 5*z*y^3 + (z^5 + z)
> ? poldegree(q)
> %4  = 3
>
> while the change of variable was done in order
> to obtain polynomial  5*z*x^3 + (z^5 + y)

Not exactly.

? p = x^5+5*x*y^3+z
%1 = x^5 + 5*y^3*x + z
? reorder               \\ list of defined variables
%2 = [x, p, y, z]
^^^
Hence your change of variable [z,x,y] is in fact

x --> z
p --> x
y --> y

The changevar function is very hard to use reliably due to these phenomenons
unless you start the session by defining first the needed variables in the
correct order.

? x; y; z; t; ...
? p = x^5 + ...

would be ok.

Karim.
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