# Unification of multi- and univariate polynomial API

Problem: The methods of uni- and multivariate polynomials of Sage differ widely. By consequence, it is very hard to write a program that works with both uni- and multivariate polynomials.

Aim:

1. List the available methods
2. Decide what methods should be common to uni- and multivariate polynomials
3. Open tickets for implementing or re-naming the methods in a uniform way.

## Currently available polynomial methods

This table presents methods that are

1. available only for univariate or only for multivariate polynomials over the rationals,
2. should be available for both.

In some cases, the methods are present in both settings, but got a different name. Then, a unification is needed.

Not listed are methods that make sense only in the uni- or only in the multivariate setting. But, e.g., i do think that it makes sense for a univariate polynomial to provide a method is_univariate(), returning True. Also i see no reason why a univariate polynomial should not provide a list of monomials or even a list of variables (which, of course, is of length at most one).

The last column provides suggestions for a common name (or '?' if it is not clear whether there should be a common method).

 Topic univariate only multivariate only suggested Common methods Basic methods copy - - Constituents change_variable_name, change_ring change_ring change_ring variable_name - variable_names - variable variable exponents (list of Ints) exponents (list of tuples) exponents (list of tuples) coeffs/coefficients/list coefficients coefficients only - coefficient ? - monomial_coefficient ? - monomials monomials - content content - is_univariate is_univariate Term order degree total_degree degree - degrees degrees? is_monic - is_monic leading_coefficient lc lc - lm lm - lt lt - reduce reduce Etc. denominator - ? numerator - ? xgcd - ? plot - ? (3D) factor_mod - factor_mod is_gen is_generator is_generator is_square - ? is_irreducible - factor - polynomial ldegree

PolynomialAPI (last edited 2009-04-15 14:53:13 by BurcinErocal)