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Doctor of Philosophy


Computer Science


Dr. Eric Schost


Lifting techniques are some of the main tools in solving a variety of different computational problems related to the field of computer algebra. In this thesis, we will consider two fundamental problems in the fields of computational algebraic geometry and number theory, trying to find more efficient algorithms to solve such problems.

The first problem, solving systems of polynomial equations, is one of the most fundamental problems in the field of computational algebraic geometry. In this thesis, We discuss how to solve bivariate polynomial systems over either k(T ) or Q using a combination of lifting and modular composition techniques. We will show that one can find an equiprojectable decomposition of a bivariate polynomial system in a better time complexity than the best known algorithms in the field, both in theory and practice.

The second problem, polynomial factorization over number fields, is one of the oldest problems in number theory. It has lots of applications in many other related problems and there have been lots of attempts to solve the problem efficiently, at least, in practice. Finding p-adic factors of a univariate polynomial over a number field uses lifting techniques. Improving this step can reduce the total running time of the factorization in practice. We first introduce a multivariate version of the Belabas factorization algorithm over number fields. Then we will compare the running time complexity of the factorization problem using two different representations of a number field, univariate vs multivariate, and at the end as an application, we will show the improvement gained in computing the splitting fields of a univariate polynomial over rational field.