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### S.from_polynomial(f) -- convert a polynomial to symmetric functions BUT with a parameter

I thought I'd ask a variation of an earlier question that was unanswered.

I use:

P.<x,y>=PolynomialRing(QQ)
S=SymmetricFunctions(QQ)
S.inject_shorthands()
f=x+y
e(S.from_polynomial(f))


resulting in e (or x+y)

So that works, but when I try to do that for a polynomial with parameters, say

f=x+y+a+b


it complains that a and b are not defined. If I add them to the ring I get e, but I suspect this is equivalent now to x+y+a+b (I didn't check because it should be e+a+b).

Do I need to keep the ring defined the same but define maybe S as;

S = SymmetricFunctions(QQ[x,y]) ?

This causes the error claiming that the function is not a symmetric polynomial.

### S.from_polynomial(f) -- convert a polynomial to symmetric functions BUT with a parameter

I thought I'd ask a variation of an earlier question that was unanswered.

I use:

P.<x,y>=PolynomialRing(QQ)
S=SymmetricFunctions(QQ)
S.inject_shorthands()
f=x+y
e(S.from_polynomial(f))


resulting in e (or x+y)

So that works, but when I try to do that for a polynomial with parameters, say

f=x+y+a+b


it complains that a and b are not defined. If I add them to the ring I get e, but I suspect this is equivalent now to x+y+a+b (I didn't check because it should be e+a+b).

Do I need to keep the ring defined the same but define maybe S as;

S = SymmetricFunctions(QQ[x,y]) ?

This causes the error claiming that the function is not a symmetric polynomial.

By the way, I know I could use something like,

a=maxima.eval('elem([2,e1,e2],(x+y+a+b)/2,[x,y])')


to get e1/2 + (a+b)/2, but I then can't use eval or sage_eval on the result because there are parsing errors for larger equations, e.g. python complains about the use of '^' instead of '**' for exponentiation, etc. My other posted question is in direct relation to this phenomena.

### S.from_polynomial(f) -- convert a polynomial to symmetric functions BUT with a parameter

I thought I'd ask a variation of an earlier question that was unanswered.

I use:

P.<x,y>=PolynomialRing(QQ)
S=SymmetricFunctions(QQ)
S.inject_shorthands()
f=x+y
e(S.from_polynomial(f))


resulting in e (or x+y)

So that works, but when I try to do that for a polynomial with parameters, say

f=x+y+a+b


it complains that a and b are not defined. If I add them to the ring I get e, but I suspect this is equivalent now to x+y+a+b (I didn't check because it should be e+a+b).

Do I need to keep the ring defined the same but define maybe S as;

S = SymmetricFunctions(QQ[x,y]) ?

This causes the error claiming that the function is not a symmetric polynomial.

By the way, I know I could use something like,

a=maxima.eval('elem([2,e1,e2],(x+y+a+b)/2,[x,y])')


to get e1/2 + (a+b)/2, but I then can't use eval or sage_eval on the result because there are parsing errors for larger equations, e.g. python complains about the use of '^' instead of '**' for exponentiation, etc. My other posted question question, http://ask.sagemath.org/question/26728/successive-calls-to-maxima/, is in direct relation to this phenomena.