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Coercion from symbolic ring to Laurent series ring?

asked 2016-06-15 16:12:44 -0500

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Is there a good way to convert from a symbolic expression to a Laurent series ring? For example, if x is a symbolic variable and LSR is a laurent series ring, then sage produces an error for


saying that the element is not integral.

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You should rather avoid using the symbolic ring at all if possible.

FrédéricC gravatar imageFrédéricC ( 2016-06-17 07:02:25 -0500 )edit

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answered 2016-06-20 05:14:23 -0500

This is a known bug in Sage, developers are working on it.

In the meanwhile, a workaround is to use the numerator and denominator.

Suppose you have defined the Laurent series ring

sage: L.<x> = LaurentSeriesRing(QQ)

and the symbolic variable

sage: xx = SR.var('x')

and you want to convert this symbolic expression

sage: f = 1/xx + xx
sage: f
x + 1/x

into an element of L, the direct approach fails as you noted

sage L(f)
Traceback (most recent call last)
TypeError: denominator must be a unit

but this will work:

sage: a, b = f.numerator(), f.denominator()
sage: L(a) / L(b)
x^-1 + x

You can now write a small function laurent that will take f and L as arguments, and return L(f.numerator())/L(f.denominator()).

def laurent(f, L):
    Return the Laurent series for this symbolic expression
    return L(f.numerator()) / L(f.denominator())

Test it using the above examples

sage: laurent(f, L)
x^-1 + x
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