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Erickson, Daniel Edwin (1974) Counting zeros of polynomials over finite fields. Dissertation (Ph.D.), California Institute of Technology. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd10132005082129
Abstract
NOTE: Text or symbols not renderable in plain ASCII are indicated by [...]. Abstract is included in .pdf document. The main results of this dissertation are described in the following theorem: Theorem 5.1 If P is a polynomial of degree r = s(q1) + t, with 0 < t <= q  1, in m variables over GF(q), and N(P) is the number of zeros of P, then: 1) N(P) > [...] implies that P is zero. 2) N(P) < [...] implies that N(P) [...] where [...] where (qt+3) [...] ct [...] t  1. Furthermore, there exists a polynomial Q in m variables over GF(q) of degree r such that N(Q) = [...]. In the parlance of Coding Theory 5.1 states: Theorem 5.1 The nexttominimum weight of the rth order Generalized ReedMuller Code of length [...] is (qt)[...] + [...] where c, s, and t are defined above. Chapter 4 deals with blocking sets of order n in finite planes. An attempt is made to find the minimum size for such sets.
Item Type:  Thesis (Dissertation (Ph.D.)) 

Subject Keywords:  Mathematics 
Degree Grantor:  California Institute of Technology 
Division:  Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy 
Major Option:  Mathematics 
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Defense Date:  20 September 1973 
Record Number:  CaltechETD:etd10132005082129 
Persistent URL:  http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechETD:etd10132005082129 
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Deposited On:  14 Oct 2005 
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