# Difference between revisions of "Elementary symmetric sum"

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− | Any symmetric sum can be written as a [[polynomial]] of the | + | Any symmetric sum can be written as a [[polynomial]] of the elementary symmetric sum functions. For example, <math>x^3 + y^3 + z^3 = (x+y+z)(x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - xy - yz - xz) + 3xyz = e_1^3 - 3e_1e_2 + 3e_3</math>. This is often used to solve systems of equations involving [[power sum]]s, combined with Vieta's formulas. |

− | + | Elementary symmetric sums show up in [[Vieta's formulas]]. In a monic polynomial, the coefficient of the <math>x^1</math> term is <math>e_1</math>, and the coefficient of the <math>x^k</math> term is <math>e_k</math>, where the symmetric sums are taken over the roots of the polynomial. | |

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## Revision as of 19:44, 6 February 2008

An **elementary symmetric sum** is a type of summation.

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## Definition

The -th **elmentary symmetric sum** of a set of numbers is the sum of all products of of those numbers (). For example, if , and our set of numbers is , then:

1st Symmetric Sum =

2nd Symmetric Sum =

3rd Symmetric Sum =

4th Symmetric Sum =

## Notation

The first elmentary symmetric sum of is often written . The th can be written

## Uses

Any symmetric sum can be written as a polynomial of the elementary symmetric sum functions. For example, . This is often used to solve systems of equations involving power sums, combined with Vieta's formulas.

Elementary symmetric sums show up in Vieta's formulas. In a monic polynomial, the coefficient of the term is , and the coefficient of the term is , where the symmetric sums are taken over the roots of the polynomial.