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leadTerm -- get the greatest term


Every polynomial ring in Macaulay2 comes equipped with a monomial ordering. For ring elements and matrices, this function returns the greatest term in this order.

For an ideal, a Gröbner basis is first computed, and the ideal of lead terms is returned.

If an initial integer n is specified, then the returned value contains the sum of all of the terms with the greatest value on the first n parts of the monomial order.

Ways to use leadTerm :

For the programmer

The object leadTerm is a method function.