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get short name for QQ, RDF, AA etc

asked 2017-01-03 14:15:23 -0500

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I wonder whether there is a way to get back the short name of the function of the various rings and fields like QQ, RDF, AA, RLF, RR, etc. as a string.

For example

sage: a=QQ
sage: str(a)
'Rational Field'

But I am looking for something like:

sage: function_I_want(a)

I guess I could predefine a dictionary like this:

shortnames={eval(name):name for name in ['QQ', 'RDF', 'AA', 'RLF', 'RR']}

and then have a function

def function_I_want(a):
    return shortnames[a]

But this seems a bit clumsy. Is there a better way to do this; or is there somewhere in the sage code such a dictionary already defined?

The reason I am thinking about this is the following tiny bug:

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The name QQ is not an intrinsic property of the field of rational numbers. It's just that for convenience, the default toplevel environment has the binding QQ=RationalField(). You cannot really let the Rational Field depend on it. For the bug you're referring to: You cannot assume rings have a "short, globally defined name". There are infinitely many possible finite fields and number fields already, in different representations.

nbruin gravatar imagenbruin ( 2017-01-03 14:30:51 -0500 )edit

thanks for the explanation!

mf gravatar imagemf ( 2017-01-03 16:32:50 -0500 )edit

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answered 2017-01-03 14:40:10 -0500

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updated 2017-01-03 14:42:48 -0500

You can use the sage_input function, which, luckily selects the short name among the possible constructions:

sage: a = RationalField()
sage: sage_input(a)

It seems however not to work with RLF:

sage: for obj in [QQ, RDF, AA, RR, ZZ, QQbar, RLF]:
....:     print sage_input(obj)
ValueError: Can't convert Real Lazy Field to sage_input form
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