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primaryDecomposition -- irredundant primary decomposition of an ideal



This routine returns an irredundant primary decomposition for the ideal I. The specific algorithm used varies depending on the characteristics of the ideal, and can also be specified using the Strategy option. In all cases, the radical of each entry of the output is equal to the corresponding entry of the output of associatedPrimes.

Primary decomposition algorithms are very sensitive to the input. Some algorithms work very well on certain classes of ideals, but poorly on other classes. If this function seems to be taking too long, try another algorithm using primaryDecomposition(...,Strategy=>...).

i1 : R = QQ[a..i];
i2 : I = permanents(2,genericMatrix(R,a,3,3))

o2 = ideal (b*d + a*e, c*d + a*f, c*e + b*f, b*g + a*h, c*g + a*i, c*h + b*i,
     e*g + d*h, f*g + d*i, f*h + e*i)

o2 : Ideal of R
i3 : C = primaryDecomposition I;
i4 : I == intersect C

o4 = true
i5 : #C

o5 = 16

Recall that List / Function applies a function to each element of a list, returning the results as a list. This is often useful with lists of ideals, such as the list C of primary components.

i6 : C / toString / print;
i7 : C / codim

o7 = {6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 9}

o7 : List
i8 : C / degree

o8 = {1, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 1, 2, 2, 2, 2, 1, 82}

o8 : List

The corresponding list of associated prime ideals is cached and can be obtained by using associatedPrimes(Ideal).

i9 : associatedPrimes I / print;
ideal (i, h, g, f, e, d)
ideal (i, h, g, f, c, b*d + a*e)
ideal (i, h, g, e, b, c*d + a*f)
ideal (i, h, g, d, a, c*e + b*f)
ideal (i, h, g, c, b, a)
ideal (i, h, f, e, c, b)
ideal (i, g, f, d, c, a)
ideal (i, f, e, d, c, b*g + a*h)
ideal (i, f, c, b, a, e*g + d*h)
ideal (h, g, e, d, b, a)
ideal (h, f, e, d, b, c*g + a*i)
ideal (h, e, c, b, a, f*g + d*i)
ideal (g, f, e, d, a, c*h + b*i)
ideal (g, d, c, b, a, f*h + e*i)
ideal (f, e, d, c, b, a)
ideal (i, h, g, f, e, d, c, b, a)


The ground ring must be a prime field.

See also

Ways to use primaryDecomposition :

For the programmer

The object primaryDecomposition is a method function with options.